The Concept of “Nne” in the Igbo World View as is Expatiated in Igbo Women August

Kenneth Ubani


The term “Nne” often sound as mere term to denote motherhood in Igbo society but it goes beyond the very term. It is a one word sentence that is a name. Some use it as a slogan or as slang. It has traditional undertone in the Igbo socio-cultural life and development. Now that the very term seems to embrace a modern identity of the Igbo, it is being re-emphasized in the features of Igbo Women August Meeting, as a symbol that retains its cultural value as well as embracing the reality of the changes that have enveloped the very term in modern times out of inevitable realities where new responsibilities tend to outweigh its relevance. It is used irrespective of gender although its original etymology stems from female gender. This study recapitulates its responsibilities through its aesthetic manifestation in August Meeting in line with modern realities. The study evaluated its implications for who would be a mother. Literature has been examined and interviews taken to determine the efficacy and efficiency of its responsibilities. This helped give insight to the nature, value and character of these Igbo women, cultural orientation and role in modern society through the association. It has been observed that modern womanhood seems to underrate or undermine its very term. Suggestion have been made on why the revitalization of value is necessary irrespective of modern challenges. 


Nne; Igbo women

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