F and Ogu in Nkpor Speech Communitydocx
Worship is an imperative urge in man. Its beginning may be traced back to the basic instinct invoked in man when he came in contact with the power whom he believed to be the determiner of his destiny. It is generally believed in Igbo land and in Nkpor that the universe was created by God. To an Nkpor man, the universe which consists of both visible and invisible, is made and controlled by God; thus the name Chineke - „the God that creates‟. They believe that (Chi na Eke) this God is the creator of all things and under him come other small gods like Ana – the earth deity, Ọfọ and Ogu to help in the supervision of the universe. Their belief in Ọfọ and Ogu symbols in Nkpor religious beliefs cannot be over emphasized. They are potent tools in the hands of the chief priest and other designated people in maintaining law and other in the Nkpor community. This paper examines the concept of Ọfọ and Ogu and their significance in the control of social, political, religious, and cultural life of Nkpor people, despite the introduction of western civilization by the Europeans.