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IMAGE PSYCHOLOGY IN RELATIONS TO SOCIO-CULTURAL OUT LOOK OF THE ZANGOS IN DIASPORAS

This subject area is connected to our psyche and determines how we view our selves and how others view us, we don’t control what comes in to our imagination as thoughts or ideas, but we have absolute control over the choices we make of these ideas, we have values that we aspire to measure up to, and the values are diverse, imbedded in our social and spiritual inclination and daily extended by new information that come to us through what we see as images, hear and possibly torch. The most powerful among these images are the electronics and print media through which we are bombarded with images of ourselves and others, sometimes these images are instrument of slavery and corruptions.
 

Substantially the media in liberal societies operate without any ethical codes, their objectives are driven by material profits, because the world aspire for pleasure and fancies many cultures have lost their sense of decencies as such the absence of set rules to regulate indecency, the powerful media houses of the world particularly the electronic media has succeeded in making those in the exotic and fancy businesses as stars which make the youth crazy incline to exotic fancies as portrayed by these so called stars, both the old and the young are not immune by these powerful exotic and fancy influences, but the most vulnerable to its devastating effects are the adolescents who are driven to extreme of the fancies which include smoking of hard substances, illicit drugs, alcoholism, sodomy and prostitution.

On the surface these fancies don’t seem harmful, the fact that the stars in the exotic show business of music, the fashions in cut walks, prostitution portrayed as a profession and rolled through the big screens on bill boards, televisions, internet, the iPods, justifiably give legitimacy to these exotics shows as ethically normal, the adolescent growing up within such environment will definitely feel normal to all these fancies around them, thoroughly and truly, generations of people under these environments grew to accept the exotic way of life as normal and stars of these professions as role models, magnificently awarded and rewarded, make billions of dollars, they are the role models in our homes and streets, they determine our dress codes from shoes through pants and hair dress or cut, in a nutshell from head to toes, they largely dictates the life on our streets no doubt the lives on our streets are not anything to write home about yet perceived as the normal way of life.

The people of zango are not spared by the live streams and strength of these exotic influences even within their indigenous environment, luckily our socio-religious culture was strong enough to confront the huge challenges posed by these imposed idol-rated exotic culture through the influence of cultured parents, the system of religious education and the role of clerics evolve for us by generations before us, these local systems and establishment still keep in check the challenges posed by the influence of the exotic culture and its auxiliaries even though its effect is largely apparent within the larger society of our countries.

The zango men and women in the Diasporas are completely submerged within this fragile exotic environment, some of us as adults and parents were completely overwhelmed and apparently vulnerable to its negativities, there is now no difference between us and people of this new culture we found ourselves in, the question that comes to mind is at whose expense? When such adults and parents have dependent children living under their tutelage, it is easy to quantify the level of detachment from the values and ethics that constitute our way of lives for that matter the culture which we look and aspire to measure up to and upon which our identity and dignity as people revolves. 

At this stage it is appropriate to point some of the negative results researchers arrived at on the impact of exotic imagery on the psyche of adults and adolescents alike especially girls.

a. It portrays beauty to being sexy, especially with girls
b. Promotes inclination to artificial beauty of self and disrupts moral values 
c. Affects the psyche of people especially the adolescents towards the pursuits of baser things of life
d. Negate the sense of morality 
e. Religion and its moral codes reduce to nothing but archaic
f. Cultures altered to suit the statuesque of the exotics stars
g. Culture and identity lost

Just to name but a few, I believe by now our readers were able to construe the sort of state our environment is likely to reduce us in to especially adolescents if we fail to marshal concerted effort to confront this huge challenges, taking in to consideration the legal codes that bind parents against inflicting even limited pain to restrain stubborn adolescent children under their care. The question that comes to mind is, how can we deal with this exotic imagery that confronts us as zangos in Diasporas with the tendency of altering our psychological balance thus reducing us uncultured?

The answer to this question is as diverse as the number of ethnic groups that make up the zangos, this is because custom, traditions and culture, varies from one ethnic group to another, ultimately the rhythms of moral codes are similar geared towards decency and modesty, majority of the people of zangos maintain one underlying religious codes that refined and run through these custom, traditions and cultures and that is Islam, it is therefore expedient that we identify ourselves with it in drawing solution to these enumerated problems whiles upholding the customs that is not in disparity with its creed. To deal with the challenges, there is the need to consider the following solutions.

IDENTITY 

Some of us are so stereotyped to the extent of equating exotic culture to being civilized, far it is from civilisation, what is it that you value, through which you reflect and earn the respect of your society and people, well consider the Quran chapter;

(49:13)” O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)”. 

As zangos in the Diasporas the first thing we have to keep in mind is our identity, not by colour but where we are coming from as in the above sura, then our ethnicity, in this case the Zangos, what is the overriding value here, I say Islam. The implication is that we those that are parents have the onerous duty to teach our children to speak our local dialects the overriding factor here is the Ghana Hausa, when that is accomplished your child automatically identified with his kind as the verse above portrays.

At this stage one has to consider bringing to bear in our homes what constitute righteousness in our customs, the codes of dos and don’ts, this has to do from what we eat and how we eat them through to our dress codes and what we view and how we view things, in a nutshell taken effort to imbibe decency and modesty to ourselves and dependants this is because children learn fast by modelling parents or guardians, the Quran says, the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the righteous of you, if you look at the verse, it is not addressing Muslims only but mankind in general, you can see that righteousness has one underlining factor decency and modesty intertwined in different race and cultures and this is what we have to learn to maintain within us and our dependants, upholding this principle only can we earn the respect from civilized society and honour from God.

To end this article let me once again remind those of us who are parents and guardians in the Diasporas especially those of us living in liberal societies to be mindful of our identities and make sure that our children learn to speak our tongues, it is key towards avoiding assimilation in the exotic cultures, afterwards we need to maintain our cultural code of ethics within the home and control the images our children view from the internets, phones and TV screens to limit the possibilities of remote control through psychological brain stain with nudity programing by these vile exoteric stars. 

By: Mohammed Awal (Co-ordinator) 
Council for youth movement and Islamic civilisation
Montreal, Canada. 

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