Omuru Nu Oro: Continuity and Change in Ikwerre, Nigeria
14 Pages Posted: 31 May 2012
Date Written: February 26, 2012
Omurunuoro is a cultural practice among Ikwerre people. Its account dates back to ancient time. This practice was sequel to the inability of a couple to produce male offspring(s) who would perpetuate the family lineage. Ikwerre people are patrilineal; hitherto, inheritance and ascension to any throne is along the male; therefore, the record of male preferring was critical and sometimes deadly. The inability of a couple to bear their own son warranted many to willfully encourage one of their strong willed daughters to be retained in the family and beget children especially males who may contribute to the lineage perpetuation. However, it is observed that such practice is currently a source of anxiety in most communities; as though such child had right to communal rights and privileges except to the ascension of the family or lineage throne; such persons now contest for community thrones and this is observed to be a source of conflict. In order to prevent the ongoing conflict and contest, this paper recommends that instead of discouraging daughters from getting married legitimately and then make male children that would be dissatisfied with their circumstance, couples with such difficulties should rather indulge in Invitro/Invivo fertilization in order to avoid the observed mutual suspicion and rancor among the children of various communities; especially as Ikwerre people are patrilineal.
Keywords: Omurunuoro, patrilinealality, symbol, continuity
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