Tribal Echoes : Restoring Hope

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
  • Publisher: Textstream
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If children are our future, it's important that they remember the past, because if they don't, no one will. Who, if not parents, can impart family histories and heritage upon children? Nkem DenChukwu's inspirational collection, the issues of bloodline and heritage are tackled head-on, along with the importance of one's culture. In Part I, DenChukwu delves into the tribal heritage of the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. She explains it vividly, how being born in any one country does not determine who you really are. Instead, your bloodline represents your true heritage. In understanding the difference, DenChukwu believes you can better understand yourself. In Part II, she transitions into lucid life tales to show the beauty in a language, how one's culture and the lack thereof, can affect one's thought processes and behavior. It is possible to lose an accent or assimilate into a new culture. It is also possible to forget your heritage, and in this forgetfulness, people lose much.


TRIBAL ECHOES is about restoring hope. It is a book about a compelling tribe of people. It chronicles the varying cultures among tribes, especially that exclusive one that belongs to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. Among other things, it is a social commentary on a range of issues. The book also details the importance of early childhood education and how one's culture is entwined with it. As parents, guardians and community leaders, it is therefore imperative that through proper nurturing, our children are aware of their cultural heritage from early childhood. Every parent should embark on this journey to teach their children the ways of their ancestors. The quest at making children culturally aware has its benefits. In the likely event that they are successful, it would come handy in shaping the child, especially that spiritual foundation that always seems to guide certain, if not all behaviors. If you are a citizen of a country by birth (Jus Solis), it does not determine your root. Your bloodline (Jus Sanguineous) is your heritage. It is important to educate yourself about your lineage. You will be amazed at what you will find. A lot of times, many people enslave themselves in their quest at becoming what they are not naturally blessed with. It becomes a never-ending journey, and a struggle. Eventually, they lose themselves. I know for a fact that many Africans love it when they sound and are also seen as Americans, especially when they have totally lost their African accents. But, it does not change who they are. To sound or look different does not change who you are. An accent is part of what makes each of us unique. The pages in part two of this book tell unique and inspiring stories. Hopefully, they would do well imparting the right messages to each of us.

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