In ancestral Igbo Nation, we say “nkpari ri egbulam” [I will not die on the legal pursuit to put food on the table]. That statement is very powerful as Igbos have believed that hardwork does not kill irrespective of whatever the World Health Organization (WHO) has put across. In a recent report, WHO noticed that working 55 hours in a week can shorten lifespan through heart attack,etc.
The research found that working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with a working week of 35 to 40 hours. The study, conducted with the International Labour Organization (ILO), also showed almost three quarters of those that died as a result of working long hours were middle-aged or older men.
But Igbos have dismissed that thinking, maintaining that if you like your work, it is also entertainment and relaxation! The fact is this, many Igbo axioms condition your mind that hardwork does not kill! But they have a warning – “aka ojoo gara na nnu, agwo gbakwaya’ [any bad hand which goes into the rabbit burrow should be bitten by a snake].
On that one, they remind you that if you attempt to do something illegal as you do that work, you would be met with punishments just like a bad person looking for rabbits in the burrows should be bitten by a snake! As they always joke in Ovim, if you try to do drugs, they will catch you. If you try to do 419, they will catch you because your ancestors had sworn that any illegality should be met with punishments.
Now, if hardwork brings no sorrow, is investing in Bitcoin and broad cryptocurrency healthy for you now that they are “dem go dey pose”, oscillating like a simple pendulum?
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