The general reaction of a typical Igbo man would be to defend Europeanization and Christian missionaries for playing a key role in the modernization of Africa. He’d refer to our colonizers as a needed factor toward seeing the light in biblical sense. Eventually, he’d strongly accord them the title of “Liberators”, from the imaginary shackles of “Paganism”.
“Oyibo Bu Agbara (The white man is a God)” is a popular slogan among the older generation, as a way to exaggerate the supremacy of our colonizers in terms of technology and science fiction. They say this while not being aware that everything which includes; electricity, internet, compass, etc. Has black men and women to thank for but as a result of brain drain these accomplishments were done in foreign lands.
Our colonizers came with their culture and religion, used manipulations and violence to make us reject our culture and spirituality (Njirimara Igbo).
Our ancestors were then asked to destroy their sacred grooves(Okwu-Alusi/mmuo) and burn effigies representing their Chi/Ezumezu, but behind them, those artifacts were stolen and exported for the benefit of our European colonizers. This therefore, answers the real question why they came to Africa which was for “Economic gratification”.
This ancient cycle of lies and manipulation is still very much effective in the minds of Ndi-Igbo. Currently, we still have pastors and priests, telling Ndi-Igbo to destroy their sacred grooves, whilst referring to these “Items as properties from the pit of hell”, but in reality, those items were handcrafted from trees Ndi-Igbo consider sacred.
In our cosmology we have a popular proverb, “Nwa mmuo emegbuna nwa mmadu, nwa mmadu emegbuna nwa mmuo”. This holds us accountable to not just ourselves as human beings but also hold entities of great powers to justice and equity.
In our Cosmology and Spirituality, worship isn’t forcefully obtained. You have the freedom of worship and acknowledgment. This ordinance is something most priests and pastors(within the byte of Biafra) have a total disregard for.
Necessity Is The Mother Invention.
Historically, every ancestral alter(Okwu-Alusi), that was instituted by our ancestors was done for diverse yet important reasons. Like they say ” Necessity is the mother of inventions”, the institution of Alusi even at a communal level was done for a specific function, this also applies at the family level.
For instance; in families that have issues with lack of growth or child mortality, the family in unison institute a deity we refer to as ” Akwali Omumu” to aid fertility.
The mistake most Igbo homes make is their total disregard for the sanctity of such grooves(Okwu). By calling priests to burn and desecrate these artifacts and sanctuaries.
This act therefore create more problems than it’s solving.
When we talk about a generational curse, we refer to the after-effect of desecrating sacred grooves that were instituted by our ancestors out of ignorance (Ihe onye na amaghi toru ya-what you don’t know is older than you).
As a repercussion for the destruction of these ancient grooves, most families begin to experience all sorts of mayhem; death, poverty, illness, childlessness, stagnated growth etc.
These difficulties are a result of, how an ancient altar was desecrated and demolished in the process of Searching For Salvation.
How To Remove An Ancestral Altar Peacefully.
In our cosmology and spirituality, worship isn’t rigid especially in the worship/acknowledgement of deities but it demands to be treated and carried with respect and dignity.
Instituted deities and elements were invited to perform a certain function and this agreement were sealed on certain conditions, but in a situation where it’s no longer needed discarding it like a piece of wood with no iota of regard is wrong even by human standards.
Therefore, the removal these ancestral altars peacefully requires the assistance of a Dibia who is well knowledgeable/vast on such and similar issues.
The Dibia would then get the necessary item required to graciously remove such these alters peacefully. But before this is done, the family heads would agree unanimously on the removal of such items.
By performing this ritual the right way, every party involved isn’t triggered and these entities would leave the family in peace and wouldn’t seek any form of retribution.
Every Igbo family should be weary and learn how to properly remove ancestral alters.
Please Note It’s not the duty of clergy from any denomination, to remove ancestral alters. They would only cause more harm than good.