When one has been conferred a Chief taincy title in Igbo land, it is proper that he must wear the Red Cap when making appearances in formal traditional events or ceremonies or when he plays a formal traditional role in his family clan community.
Putting on the Red Cap is not an all-comers affair in Igbo land as there are always selected number of individuals who are entitled to wear this special Cap (especially with eagle feather which in its own right signifies prominence).
The wearers of the Igbo Red Cap are usually men who have fulfilled certain Obligations and maintained the standard laid down in their various communities.
They are recognized in the different communities in Igbo Land by names such as Nzes, Ichies, Ozos, Ogbuefis and others. Who are not expected to misrepresent, cheat or enroll in any project that can lead the traditional formation into disrepute.
Nowadays it has become common practice especially in large cities outside the Igbo land, to see a lot of Igbo men. In discriminately putting on the Igbo traditional Red Cap, without fulfilling the conditions and earning the entitlement to do so, custodians of the custom and stake holders are bemoaning the planned and continued misuse of the Igbo Cap and the whole Igbo Chieftaincy formation in common.
It is lamentable that these days, many fake people get Igbo Red titles through the back door and some ever put on the Cap without receiving it traditionally from anybody. And such people show themselves as titled men and chief sometimes even those men who are not recognized in the Igbo Land at all or by their own volition, however, this is a total taboo.
Different cultural experts often stress the need to preserve such sanctity of the Igbo Cap in their morals and ethos. They say that this Cap has been a real symbolic feature of the rich Igbo culture over hundreds of years and it should be saved according to all the rules and traditions.
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