CONTEXTUAL USE OF IGBO PROVERBS IN SELECTED PLAYS OF ONYEKA ONYEKUBA

Ngozi Gloria Adunchezor, Christiana Obiageli Udogu

Abstract


Proverbs as integral part of history are living educational documents which depict many challenging circumstances and depressing social and political scenes as well as revolutionary visions, glorious chapters and great success in Igbo history. The oral narrative, especially proverbs, brings into play the recurring common themes such as moral issues, wealth and power, kindness, generosity, misjudgement, genuineness, treason, honesty and problem of being affected by self seeking attitudes.The primary aim of this research is therefore, to study how Onyeka Onyekuba uses proverbs in her plays: Regal Dance, and Whose Fault. The study focuses on the contextual use of proverbs by the playwright. However, as meanings and uses are interrelated, the contextual meanings of the proverbs have been considered in the course of the analysis of uses. The research was mainly library research. The theory used by the researcher was contextual approach which was propounded by Roger Abraham et al. The results observed were that Igbo proverbs are used mainly in association with situations in speech occasions. They make sense and become clearer when they are examined in the context of their application. In Onyeka Onyekuba’s plays, proverbs are used to generate and strengthen plot. Onyekuba uses proverbs to create and resolve conflict, to reinforce her themes, to criticise and characterise her personae and give more meaning and more action to their existence. She applied proverbs to show that they are essential in serious usage and context.


Keywords


Igbo proverbs, playwright, History and Educational Documents

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