…Defeats Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, Gbagyi and others.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Yoruba students cultural groups on Thursday defeated their Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, Gbagyi and Kanuri counterparts to emerge overall winner of ‘Womanhood College of Health Sciences and Technology’ Cultural Day celebration held in Kaduna State.
The six weeks’ colourful annual cultural events organised by the school, located in Agwan Dosa premises in Kaduna North LG, showcased different cultured displays, including dancing, foods/diets, singing, traditional magic, among other interesting episodes tied to their various cultures.
Addressing journalists during the event, Director of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Nurudeen Bello, said the concept was to use the Annual Cultural Day for unity and as a unifying factor.
The director said, “We are looking at it from the concept of unity, as a unifying factor. As a non-faith and NGO, we bring all ethnic groups and all religious groups together, right from inception.
“Most of our children today don’t believe, or know, other people’s culture because of the polarized nature of states, most especially Kaduna State.
“We are highly polarized in Kaduna. Somebody born in Kawo ten years ago doesn’t know what is happening beyond Kaduna Bridge in southern part, and vis-versa. It’s not supposed to be so, because we grew up seeing our fathers leaving together in Kaduna without religious and ethnicity disharmony but humanity only.
“That is why we organize these cultural events to bring the children together, to teach them that we are one and can be one and united through culture. Harvesting the cultural can bring unity in diversity, if we bring up the annual cultural programmes,” he said.
Also speaking, another guest the event, Pastor Y. Buru, pointed out, saying, “Our parents used culture to unite and hold us together in the past. Today, it had been abandoned; that is why we have this trouble and problems everywhere.
“Culture is vital to peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding. Even our religions are not against culture, as long as it’s not abused or misused, and can be used to promote peace,” he said.
Pastor Buru, therefore, noted that “Culture is power,” describing the cultural events as “wonderful performance and beautiful presentations. Despite our ethnic, religious and tribal differences, the students happily teamed up and came together to present and showcase their culture.”
While commending organizer of the event, Buru expressed delight seeing Yoruba students cerebrating with Gbagyi, Hausa, Kanuri, Fulani and Nupe, including boys and girls in cheerful friendship.
Pastor Buru urged that, “Government should introduce cultural displays in all our primary and secondary (schools) like we used to do in those days, even up to university. In olden days, there were cultural days in polytechnics and universities.” While calling on government to do the needful, Buru then queried the essence of having Ministry Of Culture.
Speaking to journalists, the National President of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, Haruna Danjuma, who also graced the occasion, said he found the cultural event so interesting, and promised to reinvigorate it in all schools again.
“I find the cultural events very interesting, educative. I have said it before that, organizing these kinds of events that bring children together is important. They team up together, cheer and share ideas themselves. We forgot that we are from one place.
“The only way to preserve the culture is what the children are doing now – in cultural events. Modern days’ children are trying to shy away from culture, unlike those days when our forefathers preserved the cultures. It’s a serious means of unifying factor,” he said.
Hausa, Gbagyi and Fulani, however, followed closely (behind Yoruba) with interesting performance and magical cultural displays, respectively.