King Africa Heritage

Prelude To

DEBATE/PANEL DISCUSSION ON

CAN A WOMAN SINGLE-HANDEDLY RAISE A SON TO BE A MAN?
Attributes of an Archetype of the Male as the Family and Community Leader & Protector

WHAT DOES THIS PRELUDE ADDRESS?

The prelude addresses one of the major societal problems as well shows how WEN’s mission can be applied as a solution to curb or eradicate this problem. WEN’s mission is to reinforce the enduring and noble philosophies, principles, and practices (3Ps) of people of African ancestry and to appreciate the good aspects of other heritages.

WEN is structured into empowerment groups, which include Ebony Adult Empowerment (EAE) and from this group are men of valor who are predominantly expected to lead and protect the community. It would be ideal if all social groups had the same interpretation of what a man of valor is; however, so many factors render the ability to share the same beliefs, morals, and practices ineffective in many societies, hence the chaos in many homes and communities.

A LOOK AT EZE CHIMA FOR A HISTORIC ACCOUNT OF THE 3Ps

That said, we have found the ancient Aro epic of “Eze Chima” to have a historic account of the 3Ps men should embody. Better yet, we are fortunate its author has welcomed the idea of an Author reading on this day, after which we will try to understand what makes a real man.


They say charity begins at home. With that understanding, we will examine what attributes of a leader and protector should have by hosting a panel discussion/debate of diverse view points on “Can a Woman Raise a son to be a Man? Attributes of an Archetype of the Male as the Family and Community Leader & Protector”

AUTHOR READING OF

By Author: Chike Nwaka

ATTRIBUTES OF A KING

“In expounding the relationship between the leader (king) and the led …

WISE: the leader must be wise because knowledge without wisdom makes one pompous, bereft of humility. “by intuition or communing within, we are in touch with wisdom. There is Wisdom, and there is Knowledge – ‘Ako na Uche’ [of Igbo language]. Both of them are good, but the superior of the two is ‘ako’, wisdom.”


INTER-PERSONEL SKILLS: the leader must lead the people by their consent and goodwill. The people must never be subjected to forced labour and … forced taxation.


LOVE & PEACE: The leader must first show love to the people. By so doing, he brings out the best in the people such that everybody contributes his best to move the society forward. And willingly, the people hold him aloft as the first among equals. He must lead by example as the chief servant.


HUMULITY: He must dwell among the people; never in far removed grandiose palaces. The leader must not be tied up in mythical wraps and tucked away on legendary heights, thus estranging him from the people he is supposed to lead.”

Eze Chima. Page 60. 

BUSINESS ACUMEN: The leader must poses high entrepreneurial acumen.


DIPLOMAT: The leader must be skilled at diplomacy that is legendry.

Eze Chima. Page 61. 

FAIRNESS: The leader should not use his position and power to oppress others, thereby, upholding the principle of “meting out to others with the same measure which we expect from them.”

Eze Chima. Page 67.