The practical gains of being athletic, taking care of one’s health numbers, not being obese and not being indulgent on excessive drinking, smoking etc. Just look at her and Pete Edochie after all these active years. Very lovely to behold!
I remembered the first day I listened to this woman song “Theresa Onuorah” “Ijele” as a kid, the song struck me hard I fell in love with the song immediately. That I have to go burrow the Cassette of the song from brother Ifeanyi, I brought the song excitedly home, I slot the cassette in and it started playing. I couldn’t grasp fully what she was singing about because my both parents ain’t Igbo. From nowhere my aunt entered and asked me to remove the cassette and stop playing that evil song, I was like why do you call the song evil and she said all sorts of awful and evil things about the Woman who sang the song. And the picture of all absurd things she said about the woman stocked to my head until adulthood.
It was recently when l heard the song again I flashed back at the absurd lies that my auntie told me about her many years ago. The Western social and cultural teachings have done great damage to our culture and wellbeing. They made our people perceive our belief and culture as evil and then presented them as a saint in White as the Messiah. Theresa Onuorah is a Woman who strongly embraced her Igbo beliefs and culture in a time when the colonial religious teaching is still very much strong, so they easily tagged her evil. Well, thank you #Larrygaga for bringing this Great Mama #TheresaOnuorah back to the limelight.
Our culture and beliefs are not evil, they are strong, deep, original, beautiful, and much more effective than any alien Religion.