SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND RELIGIOUS WORSHIP IN IGBOLAND: A CASE STUDY ON OGWUGWU-AKPU DEITY, OKIJA

AUTHOR: OLISA, CATHERINE NGOZI

DEPARTMENT: HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The thrust of this thesis is on the Social Integration of Religious worship in Igboland, using Ogwugwu-Akpu deity as a case study. The choice of this topic is informed by the fact that religious worship of Ogwugwu-Akpu deity in Okija has been a subject of serious conflict of culture over the years. The contemporary society needs to appreciate that culture exemplified in religious worship of Ogwugwu-Akpu deity is dynamic and synchronizes a cementing factor to the people, institutions and relationships. This attitude has abused most of the cherished values and has promoted deviants in the Igbo cultural lives. The infiltration of this religious institution by rebellious prone men has made it difficult to maintain upright behavior and sustain the integrative values of Ogwugwu-Akpu deity. The research made use of primary and secondary methods of data collection and adopted descriptive and analytical approach in the analyses of data. It is our finding that the discordant voices on the worship of Ogwugwu-Akpu deity is based on ignorance. It was poiticized and the rebellious nature of man that attracted judgement, wrath and justice was ignored. Like every other guardian of morality in Igboland, social Integration remains the best option for people involved in abominable acts to be re-integrated into the mainstream of Igbo life. There is need therefore, for public enlightenment based on religious education, mobilization and dialogue. All hands must be on deck in achieving the success of this transformation of the people that will promote social cohesion, development and peaceful co- existence in Okija in particular and Igboland in general.

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