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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.
█ 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
comes sliced in short lengths.
as far as i understand it,
it is not just cut out from just about any tree
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
to perform both
the function of strengthening the teeth
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
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 )
ike most native Negroland Africa stuff
it has long ? been over-run in use
and over-taken in ease of general accessibility
the originally Europe-an origin tooth-brush
and it is probably
hardly available today 2021
in Igbo / Ibo cities and towns
the same availability,
the same ubiquitous-ness,
the same ubiquity,
the same ease of access
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,
you use a liquid like
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
tales and stories
of fishing in rivers
of tales and stories
of travelling down rivers and streams in canoes
◙ to other villages and places
◙ to other sometimes very distant villages and places
you will agree with them all the more.
they usually don’t tell you about swimming pools
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,
● 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 ?