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Coronation: When Culture Goes To Church


Times are changing very fast and culture, they say, is dynamic. A free society, they also say, needs cultural innovations, socio-political virtues, high moral capital and sound value system for progress and sustainable development, especially at the grassroots.

Today in Africa, not only has the dawn of the new decade greeted the world with an apparently overdue outrage and demand for change via increasing revolutions, particularly in the North-East. At the same time, in the South-Western part of the continent, the traditional institutions are on trials.
Have we got news for you? On the eve of this year, precisely at about 2pm on Friday, 31st December, 2010, history was remade in Igbo land, eastern Nigeria, when the people of Eziawa autonomous community, a small, neglected town in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, eastern Nigeria, set a make-or break agenda for the rest of Igbo land when they did away with alleged “fetish” traditional rites and rituals customarily performed as due process for the official initiation and coronation of new traditional rulers generally known as “Ezes” (Kings), and headed rather for the Church. And just in a matter of 8 weeks or so, precisely on the 31st December, this year, Eziawans will roll out their drums to mark the 1st anniversary of the CHANGE they opted for.
Call it “revival”, call it “rude awakening”; call it “abomination”, call it “cultural rebellion”; but truth is: when African culture resorts to Christianity for a new direction,that leaves traditions and customs with little or no options. And for Eziawans and their king makers, it was a strategic and deliberate consensus to change the status quo and reinvent their community and society in the context of divine leadership, prosperity and  sustainable development of the area famous  for its ecological disasters and socio-economic deprivations for many decades.