Thursday, November 13, 2008


Welcome and Kao to OMENANA!

OMENANA is a word from the IGBO.
IGBO is both the designation of a nation of peoples
within Nigeria and the language spoken by over 50 million people worldwide.

OMENANA means:
"That which takes place on earth!"
"That which is received" from the ancestors and sages of old." It stands for acceptable ways of living and acting properly in the society. It is the acceptable form of living and co-habiting with family, friends, neighbors and the entire community. Whenever there is a doubt about how to do things, the ancients in the society are contacted for advise and guidance. These ancients could be priests and priestesses, titled men and women, Dibias - experts in spiritual matters and deep wisdom, and those elders who are repositories of knowlege, keepers of culture, and teachers of the way of light and truth.
OMENANA touches all aspects of life from pre-existence to birth, to death and even into the world to come. It teaches how we relate to each other, to animals, to plants. It teaches table manners, forms of salutation, home management, social ethics, laws pertaining to all aspects of life, from agriculture to zoology.

OMENANA is the IGBO word for perfecting life here on earth which enables one to proceed into the next world and the new world. Life lead according to OMENANA is a life of example and light. It is a fulfilled life.

Objectives of the OMENANA blog:
  • story-telling: an essential ingredient used by the ancients to teach and to guide
  • folklores: also necessary for teaching
  • poetry: in IGBO and English and other languages of the world
  • chants/songs
  • photography
  • use themes of education, religion, politics, spirituality, sexuality, and love to guide our readers
  • answers questions on marriage customs for foreigners married to IGBO people worldwide
  • -translate and interpret words and expressions from the IGBO into other languages

Today is introduction day! Tune in weekly with questions and or insights!
OMENANA says Ndewo (welcome) to you today!
Paul Onovoh, Ph.D.

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