oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - The symbolism of the child in African oral tradition: the example of some Nigerian proverbs

Volume 1, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



This paper studies African concept of child by studying oral tradition namely proverbs. The paper examines various African proverbs as they relate to the child and identifies three categories of the meaning of the child: (a) child-parent category of meanings, (b), polygynous family category of meanings, and (c) gender category of meanings. The paper brought out the meaning and implication of each category and concluded that the proverbs show disadvantages to the girl-child. It recommends the identification and removal of these disadvantages by the United Nations.

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