RETRIEVING THE PEARLS OF THE PAST: AN ADAPTATION OF IGBO FOLK-NARRATIVE STRATEGIES INTO VIDEO FILM
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Journal of Linguistics, Language and Igbo Studies.
Culture is both dynamic and adaptive. Hence it easily adapts to the prevailing socio-cultural conditions. One of such cultures is the moonlight games of the Igbo. Among the games children indulge in during the moonlight is folk narrative. The incessant migrations of the Igbo and the advent of western education in the contemporary era have eroded the ancient tradition of moonlight games. To Igbo people in urban cities, the custom of folktale wanes. Folktale in Igbo society, beyond entertainment, is a veritable means of transmitting traditional values, cultures, and the ethos of the people and therefore, should not be allowed to go into extinction. This paper, therefore investigates the adaptation of certain aspects of Igbo folklore art forms into films and home movies. The main aim is to project the importance of folklore in the training of Igbo children which is designed to nurture them to mature as worthy and well-behaved members of their society. The reduction of aspects of Igbo folklore into films and home movies is a dynamic way of modernizing the ancient Igbo life to suit what obtains in the contemporary era. When this is achieved, it will aid in the much needed effort to revive, develop and promote Igbo culture, language and worldview and showcase same to the larger world society. This is possible without loosing the instructive values and the beauty of the ancient Igbo folklore.
Pearls, Culture, Folktales, Video films, Adaptation