Nigeria is a very lovely country to stay with it's diverse cultural heritage which has made us truly unique. This unique identity colors our daily lives and brings us closer together as a people and a nation at large.
The IGBO people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. The Igbo language is a part of the Niger-Congo language family. It is divided into numerous regional dialects, and somewhat mutually intelligible with the larger "Igboid" cluster. The Igbo people are found in southeastern Nigeria and have many interesting customs and traditions.
In their rural areas, they are mostly farmers but outside their rural communities, they are merchants and higly bussiness oriented people. They carry bussiness everywhere they go to and Nigeria is blessed to have them.
They are drivers of the economy both in small and large scale production, delivery of goods and services, small bussinesses and large scale interprises, they are everywhere.
There is hardly any location in Nigeria where you wouldn't find an Igbo man. As long there is life in that community and there is a business opportunity, there is always an Igbo man or women somewhere around.
The average Igbo mother might not be educated, but she is a pillar of support to her children and the entire family. She might never have seen the four walls of a classroom, but calculating money and the mind to pull business transactions is their field. You can't take that away from them.
Although she might be an illiterate, but they do their best to send their children to school or enrol them to learn atleast a trade. For an enthusiastic mother who helps her children pursue their educational career, there is always one thing common amongst them.
When their child gets admitted into the university, their joy mostly knows no bound.
Firstly, because they never got that far and are happy their child would soon be a graduate.
Secondly, because they feel their children would one day be influencial and wipe away their tears amongst many other reasons.
Here is what they always give their male children while leaving for school;
There are Soo many things she knows her child would need in the school so she tries to provide everything. Mostly according to what they can afford but there is this special thing every son gets as a gift from their mothers.
Her wrapper: This might sound funny to you but it's the truth. She selects her best sometimes and gives to her son. What this signifies is how much love she has for that child. She want him to go with a part of her and to know she would always be with him.
Many of those young men who got that gift from their moms can't tell you how much they cherished it.
Mostly they use it as towels or covers while sleeping. It became like a tradition that most, if not all young men got a pair of their mothers wrapper at one point of their lives or the other. This means alot of encouragement to many while others just love the fact their mothers belongings is with them. It made them feel safe.
Although this article is not trying to say all Igbo women are poor and uneducated, that is not true. There are soo many highly interlectual and brilliant Igbo women who control the world in different capacities.
I'm only saying we love our poor Igbo mothers who struggled to see us through school and supports us in everyway. We love you all and pray we live up to expectations.
God bless you all our mothers, our pride!
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