The Igbo Context in Nigeria
Foreword (by Ken Ashton, Media Consultant, North Wales) 13
13 Foreword One of my friends owns our corner shop. Living in North Wales, he comes from the Punjab, in India. As he grew up, he became shocked at the way the lowest people in his country’s rigid caste system were treated – the ‘untouchables.’ He has spent his adult life crusading on their behalf, changing his re- ligion to Buddhism in the process. He has lectured to the British Gov- ernment, the French and the German, as well as the United Nations and in New York. We have occasional debates on how we can put the world to rights and on one of these occasions he suggested that if we were to take a pinch of the very best of every religion in the world and mix those best bits together, we would have the ideal world. “Your God would want that – and my God would want it,” he said. Putting this into the context of the genocide in Rwanda, when one million people were slaughtered in 100 days, the current conflict in Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia, Israel and Palestine, along with the unrest in Asian countries, many consider the world to be troubled because of the lack of faith and the refusal to care about the cultures of other peoples. As a journalist for some 50 years and a tutor for the past 15, I was approached by my friend Father Peter Okuma, to edit his thesis on the struggles to bond faith with his Igbo society in Nigeria. His request...
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