by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The director of Womenhood School of Health Science, Kaduna, Mr Nurudden Bello, has called on Nigerians to take advantage of School Cultural Day celebrations towards uniting students, while teaching the young persons the importance of promoting their traditional and cultural dance and attire.
Speaking to journalists Thursday during the School Cultural Day celebration organized, Bello said there’s need to teach the young ones the vital roles played by local dance in uniting the people, irrespective of tribal, cultural and historical backgrounds.
According to him, apart from sports and entertainment industries, which unify Nigerians, culture is another avenue that brings Nigerians together. Student Cultural Troupe from different tribes entertained the guests with their best and cultural performance, foods and drinks in their traditional and cultural attires that make today’s event a remarkable one
He added that the school has many students from different cultural backgrounds, hence the need for each and every one of them to immensely showcase his/her culture for the benefit of the general public to know the values of other people, tribes and culture to promote peace and unity among all the citizens across the 36 States of Nigeria.
He explained that the essence of the celebration is to create awareness in the students that “We are different types of people, but civilization has taught us to live together as one.”
The educationist added, thus: “It’s really high time for all Nigerian schools to be celebrating cultural day to help teach our children the importance of our languages and cultural backgrounds, so as to learn to live together and promote better understanding among different faith-based organizations.
“Over 7 indigenous tribes participated in today’s contest, which include Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Gbagyi, Nupe, Adara and other tribes, with the aim to promote tolerance through cultural dance for peace and harmony in the country.”
He noted that “In developed countries, many people use their language and cultural dresses as a tool for development, hence, the need for Africans/Nigerians to equally use their language as a tool for development and uniting the nation.
The school director stressed the need for parents to be teaching their children their local languages and promote wearing traditional and cultural dressing, in order to save their culture from going extinct.
“It’s high time to stand up and start teaching our children our culture and our real identity, not copying foreign cultures. Our culture is good, more than the ones our children are borrowing from foreign countries,” he stressed.”
National President of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, Pastor Yohanna Buru, who was a special guess at the event, called on federal government to create a National Cultural Day celebration with the aim of bringing together all the cultural troupes across the country.
According to him, doing so would surely help in bringing back peace, unity and better understanding among different faith-bases organizations across the country.