Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Un appel au retour à l’idéal missionnaire des pères fondateurs de la province oblate du Cameroun

Les Premiers Oblats au Cameroun
Dans l’introduction de l’Écho du Conseil de juin 2018 de la province oblate du Cameroun, le supérieur provincial, P. Édouard Dagavounansou, o.m.i, écrivait pour rappeler à ses frères qui ont reçu une nouvelle obédience et assumeront des nouvelles responsabilités, la nécessité de toujours s’assurer qu’il y ait une suite dans les projets pastoraux de leur communauté chrétienne. 
Pour les amener à s’intéresser à la vie de l’Église locale qui les accueille et de leur rappeler qu’un missionnaire est un envoyé (missionné) qui est appelé à être accueilli par une communauté chrétienne il leur dit : «à tous,je recommande de s’intéresser à l’histoire de l’Église locale qui vous accueille, à connaitre ses coutumes et de développer une attitude missionnaire oblate.»Ainsi, un missionnaire n’est ni celui qui s’envoie ni le propriétaire de la mission—l’œuvre missionnaire lui est confiée. Il n’est donc pas un chef, mais un serviteur de sa communauté. 

There Was A Nation Called The Igbo Nation by Alisonomi

Donovan Nelson illustrations
The Igbo people of Southeastern part of the Country called Niger-Area (Nigeria) by the British were once resilient and proud people. They believed in honor and good name. They were never known for giving-in to comfort and surviving for survival’s sake. They held firmly on their dignity and good name. They preferred dying to live under the guise of lies and slavery. History cannot forget the tale of ‘The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803”. These slaves were good examples of what Igbo spirit used to be. They believed in dying in dignity than remaining forever slaves. To comprehend their motivations, it is necessary to understand that among the Igbo, what mattered was not really your wealth, but the respect attached to who you are. We believed more in the good names than in wealth and that is why we had names like "Nwakaego" a child is better than money, "Ezigbo aha ka ego" – a good name is better than money. We believed in the sacredness of the family and the force of the collectivity. Parents and elderly people played a very important role in the Igbo family setup. The sacredness of parents was depicted through names like Nnedinso – Mother is sacred, Nnabuike – father is the strength, Nnaemeka – father did well, Nnadiugwu – father is honorable. Nneamaka – mother is precious, etc. Igbo society was classified among age-grades and no one is higher than his age-mates.