Imagery in Proverbs on Disability among the Samia
Akumu, Brendah Oscar
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The study was about imagery and disability in samia proverbs. The purpose of the study is to analyze the portrayal of imagery in Proverbs on disabilities among the Samia thus the researcher analyses the various images and how they are portrayed in the proverbs. The study adopted a case study design mainly using qualitative approach. The target population was Samia elders and the disabled persons. Subsequently, the sample size of ten community elders and five disabled individuals all aged between 50 and 80 years was taken. Nine study participants were males while six were females. The study employed a purposive sampling technique, with Primary data collection using Semi-Structured interview Guide and descriptive analysis of primary was conducted and presented in the findings. Findings showed that Disabilities like sight impairments, deafness and dumbness, the lame, hunchback, barrenness, impotence, and mental disabilities carry with them implicit negative attitudes and are loaded with images that negatively portray the disabled. This has helped to tolerate the stereotype perception of the disabled individual in the community. A conclusion is drawn to support the view that proverbs are symbolic on the perceptions towards the disabled and affects the behavior and attitude of both the disabled or abled persons in the community.