The need to propagate Africa’s rich cultural heritage for global export has been emphasized by the Delta State Commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu at the maiden Cultural Day celebration of Otiti-Miriam Academy.
The event which took place in Asaba featured a rich display of the Ndokwa, Ika, Aniocha, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, Boki, Nupe, Tiv, Idoma, Esan, Bini, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Urhobo and Isoko cultures.
In his remarks, the Information Commissioner stressed the need for parents to continuously imbibe elements of African culture in their progeny, especially in the face of possible subsumption by western civilization.
“We have been brainwashed to think that everything African is local but there are a good number of individuals outside this continent who seize every opportunity to emulate our cultural motifs” he said.
While congratulating the school management on its cultural celebration barely three months after inception, Aniagwu also stressed on the need for cross fertilization of cultures so that children better appreciate the concept of unity in diversity as well as promote national unity.
In the same vein, Prof. Sylvester Monye reiterated that qualitative education remained the best legacy given to anybody, even as he commended the school for its achievement within three months of its establishment.
Monye charged the management and students of the academy not to be deterred in the face of competition but strive to distinguish themselves with excellent academic records.
Several displays by the students in form of dance and drama presentations showcased the history and geography of Nigeria as well as the uniqueness of her people.
Other highlights include display by the Delta State Council of Arts and Culture dance troupe, wrestling performance and dance by parents.