Importance of Ita Alu Igala (Igala Proverbs).
Chief Musa Adegbe at March 28th, 2014
Correct application of proverbs is a linguistic science in itself which largely depends on one’s mastery of a particular language; and each time an orator steps on to the stage, a great number of his audience are often in the transport of delight at the display of mastery of language and expressiveness. Speeches of such a one usually exhibit qualities that are often associated with the elders who are the fountains of wisdom and repositories of the people’s culture; and being the warehouse of the wisdom of the ancients automatically makes one a cultural model in any society. This is because elders talk much more in parables and spice their speeches with proverbs and figurative expressions. This is equally informed by the fact that traditional speech requirements in Igala language necessitate diction, parables and figurative expressions; they produce a striking effect and attract attention during speech making. They equally tend to enforce or strengthen the effect of a particular statement, consequently taken more seriously. In addition, one’s language skills will increase rapidly and tremendously too if one is able to understand Igala proverbs and use them perfectly and confidently. This is because one of the main problems people have with the use of proverbs is how to apply them correctly.
The use of proverbs as it relates to Igala Language
- It helps to structure the culture of the people.
- It helps to highlight the ancient people’s wisdom as their linguistic skills come alive through figurative and idiomatic expressions.
- Proverbs permeate the entire narrative processes traditionally.
- Dialogue, expositions, debates, descriptions and authorial comments thrive much and become of greater value with the correct use of proverbs.
- Proverbs provide structural coherence to one’s speech.
- They are the embodiments of the people’s wisdom that are used as oral literature, to teach, instruct, warn, guide, and encourage etc the people especially the youth..
- The norms and traditions of the people are usually propagated through folklore activities.
- Speeches beautifully spiced with proverbs are memorable and they usually bring out the fittest way of expressing what one wants to say in a coherent and precise form.
- Proverbs have strong meaning and lasting impression thus making a speech more enjoyable and remarkable.
- Any speech no matter how good that lacks proverbs indicates poverty of language and can never be fresh, captivating and original.
- It is one of the unique legacies of the ancestors who were famed for linguistic excellence.