Special section: Community health and wellbeing

Indigenizing counselling valuing the afterlife with the Igbo of south eastern Nigeria: a case for ino-uwa based intervention

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 2, 2015 , pages: 100–103
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1021508
Author(s): Chika EzeDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of Education, Kenya


This study examines prospects for the utilization of the concept of ino-uwa practised by the Igbo cultural-linguistic community of South Eastern Nigeria to understand and address counselling needs of a child and his family. Ino-uwa is the cultural familial scaffold that bridges the lifeworlds of ancestors and the living. In this case, a child with debilitating and unspecific general illness was cured with evocation of ino-uwa. The implications of this anecdote are important for authentic counselling practice in an African cultural heritage context.

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