Many decades ago; cinema, gramophone, radio, television, and internet services were non-existent in Igbo land, and children had no schools for formal learning, where they could also run around, strengthen their veins and arteries as well as build their muscles.
The Igbos of those days, therefore, instituted the culture of playing under moonlight (Egwu Onwa) in place of the above mentioned sources of entertainment and recreation. The Egwu Onwaculture served as a means of bringing joy to adult members of the community after the day’s work, and also as an opportunity for children to play around and strengthen their bones and muscles as they grow and develop.
Today, this beautiful culture of playing under moonlight (Egwu Onwa) is among the least observed cultures of the Igbos, primarily due to several technological inventions and global civilization that has eroded several indigenous cultures. However, I’m still going to describe the beautiful culture of playing under moonlight (Egwu Onwa) as it was practiced in the past.
Egwu Onwa delights everyone across the length and breadth of Igbo land, from the youth who is full of exuberance to the aged whose hairs have all turned grey. Each evening that the moon makes an appearance across the sky, a call-to-action is made to every member of the community using songs and instrumentals composed with gongs, drums, flutes etc which invariably serves as open invitation and announcement that the night will be fun-filled. Every member of the community then begins to observe the moon element until it appears to shine forth in full blast.
As soon as the moons begins to shine forth in full blast, the exact moment for playing under the moonlight dawns. At such moments, everyone who has had her dinner ecstatically troops out of her home to the community square. While those who are yet to complete their domestic chores of the evening speed-up activities and increase the tempo of work in order to finish in time and leave home for the community square where Egwu Onwa usually takes place. #styleblastafrica #moonlightstory #proudlyafrican #Africa #weafricans