CODE OF CONDUCT: Lets Talk About The Taboos of Kolanut In Igboland
By Udegbunam Ogemdi
Kolanut is an integral part of the Igbo society, it is something that must be available at any major event in Igbo land or any event organized by any Igbo group.
It has rules guiding it, a Code of Conduct that is strictly adhered to ;
1) Anyone who commits abomination is prohibited from moving close to any Kolanut tree.
2) It is regarded as an offense for any female to Climb a kolanut tree or detach its
branches for any purpose.
3) Females are not allowed to harvest matured pods from any kolanut tree.
4) Both males and females are not allowed to steal kolanut pods from a parent tree anywhere in Igboland.
5) Fallen Kolanut pods are to be left untouched, rather, they are picked up and returned to its rightful the owners.
6) Only the rightful owner of a kolanut tree or the person he mandates is allowed to harvest or collect mature kolanut pods from a parent kolanut tree.
7) It is a big offense to pluck kolanut pods from a parent kolanut tree while standing barefooted on the ground.
8) A man normally does not split kolanut in his maternal grandfather’s home, or home of his maternal grandfather’s biological relative, except when authorized to do so. However, he can break a kolanut in the absence of any other male there.
9) It is prohibited for a female to dismember a kolanut in the presence of a male person, notwithstanding the person’s age
10) In case of violation of any above restrictions, a woman medicine person is invited to prepare a remedial measure to rescue the situation.