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and one sort of begins to grasp what they mean when
they
begin to tell you stuff like :

you need water to bath.

Persephanii Stephanie Nelson. Model. Actress. Psychologist.

you need water to brush your teeth.

( by the way,
for
those who do not know or may not know,
the
Ibos / Igbos / Eeboes / Eegboes / Eboes / Egboes have an
ancient long-time-immemorial tooth brush

which is
called a/the chewing stick.

the igbo / ibo / eeboe / eegboe / eboe / egboe word for it is atu i.e ahhtuh.

it i.e the ahhtuh / atu is a slim piece of wood cut from a tree
and
comes
sliced in short lengths.

as far as i understand it,
it
is not just cut out from just about any tree
but
from a particular tree or from some particular ( types ) of tree(s).

it is believed to be medicinal i.e
it is
believed to have herbal medicinal value
and
to
perform both
the
function of strengthening the teeth
and
the
function of keeping the teeth sparkling white

and in addition
it also
performs the function of keeping the mouth odour free.

brushing your teeth
is
called eee-tah-ahtuh / ita atu
which
probably translates as to chew/to bite chewing-stick.

i guess the Onitsha Ibo / Onitsha Igbo / Onitsha Eeboe / Onitsha Eegboe speak that as
eee-fee-char ehh-zeh i.e
to wipe clean the teeth

map showing the location of Onitsha
Persephanii Stephanie Nelson.

and sometimes as
eee-chee-char ehh-zeh i.e
to scrub / to brush the teeth.

( fee-char = wipe .. wipe away .. wipe clean .. )
(
eee-fee-char = to wipe .. to wipe away .. to wipe clean .. )


( chee-char = scrub / brush .. scrub away / brush away .. scrub clean / brush clean )
(
eee-chee-char = to scrub / to brush .. to scrub away / to brush away .. to scrub clean / to brush clean )

( ehh-zzeh = tooth .. teeth )
( p.s : this
ehh-zzeh = tooth / teeth is different from eh-zeh = king )

( the above spellings are done in OUR OWN EEBOE / EEGBOE.
the way
IBO/IGBO IS ORDINARILY WRITTEN they spell as

ficha = wipe .. wipe away .. wipe clean
ificha= to wipe .. to wipe away .. to wipe clean

chicha = scrub / brush .. scrub away / brush away .. scrub clean / brush clean.
ichicha = to scrub / to brush .. to scrub away / to brush away .. to scrub clean / to brush clean.

eze = tooth .. teeth.
p.s : this is the same spelling as eze = king
although the
pronounciations are different )

this photo, like the others,was sourced from the internet. it shows a man using the chewing-stick tooth-brush
this photo like the others was sourced from the internet. it shows a man with a chewing-stick tooth-brush in his mouth. the chewing-stick looks somewhat like the ibo/eeboe/eboe chewing stick although the man from his garb/attire and general appearance does not look typically phenotype-ically / phenotypically ibo/eeboe/eboe and rather looks more like he may be a nomad .. a fulani tribe nomad .. or a shuwa arab ( i may be wrong however i guess the shuwa arabs are black negro africans that have for generations inter-married with arabs and so see themselves as arabs as well as? as negroes. )

however,
ike most native Negroland Africa stuff
it has long ? been over-run in use
and over-taken in ease of general accessibility
by
the originally Europe-an origin tooth-brush

and it is probably
hardly available today 2021
in
Igbo / Ibo cities and towns
e.g

Onitsha,
Owerri,
Aba,

map showing some locations in Ibo-land Nigeria / Igbo-land Nigeria

Umuahia,
Enugu,
Abalikiki,
Awka,
etc

with
the same availability,
the same ubiquitous-ness,
the same ubiquity,
the same ease of access


that
the tooth-brush has . )

you need water to cook.

you need water to eat
as you have to drink water
as a part of the process of eating your food.

as a matter of fact,
even if
you
use a liquid like
palm-wine

this photo, like the others, was sourced from the internet. it shows natural palm-wine being tapped directly from a Palm Tree.
this photo, like the others, was sourced from the internet. it shows a black, african negro male relishing palm-wine probably in some village somewhere in negroland africa.


or

beer

this photo, like the others,was sourced from the internet. Golden Guinea lager beer is manufactured in Umuahia in ibo-land nigeria
this photo, like others was sourced from the internet. many pundits believe that Golden Guinea Lager Beer is a superior brew and if exported i.e if sold internationally will generate huge revenue provided that the Golden Guinea folks have i.e get their marketing strategy correct and properly done and thoroughly well done.


to serve the function that drinking water usually serves when eating common sense will tell you that
every liquid has a water component basis.

etc, etc, etc.

and by the time you listen to
all their explanations of the value of water


including the reality that
you need rain water to make planted farm produce to grow well
and that regarding farming,
you also actually need water, very importantly, to water
( most if not all of ) the planted food items / farm produce
at and in the early stages of planting

you will guess that they are probably right.

and then when they tell you tales and stories
of
rivers
and
tales and stories
of
fishing in rivers

map of Nigeria showing RIVER NIGER and RIVER BENUE

and

of tales and stories
of travelling down rivers and streams in canoes

to other villages and places

this photo, like others, was sourced from the internet. it shows some ladies in the oil-rich and gas-rich Niger Delta area of South-South Zone Nigeria paddling a canoe
map of NIGERIA showing the six (6) .. geo-political zones .. politico-administrative zones .. administrative zones .. political zones .. geographic zones .. geographical zones .. of NIGERIA

to other sometimes very distant  villages and places

this photo, like others, was sourced from the internet. it is purportedly from the year 1912 and was purportedly taken in the Calabar Area of Niger Delta Nigeria i.e South South Zone Nigeria
map showing the states in the South-East Zone of Nigeria

you will agree with them all the more.

they usually don’t tell you about swimming pools
probably because
swimming pools were not an everyday easily available commonality
in their own generation
( not that they [ i.e swimming pools ] are either today in Nigeria 2021 A.D ).

however, they tend to mention

swimming in/at the Nkisi River,

this photo, like others, was sourced from the internet. it shows a sea-going vehicle named RIVER NKISI on the waters probably somewhere in South-East Zone Nigeria

fetching water from the Nkisi River

and by the way,
that mention of swimming in/ at the Nkisi River in Onitsha

brings to mind once again
the original question, namely :

in your own personal opinion,
who is it
.. among all the folks at the swimming pool and/or the beach .. 
that slayed them most ?

Ms. Damn a.k.a Anne a.k.a Nkennadiri



By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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