The need to preserve African culture, ensure its genuine practice and propagation between the indigenous and foreigners has been emphasised.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo said this during a discussion session at the opening of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Information Chapel, 2020 Press Week, tagged: “Our Culture, Our Pride: The Role of Media in Sustaining The African Heritage” at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta.
Dr. Taiwo stated that Culture being part of human existence cannot be separated from society, describing it as a major way that unites nations and the world at large.
“Westernisation is not civilisation, culture is what we pass from one generation to another, what we are proud of and confident to identify with, because any society without culture is not in existence”, he stressed.
Another discussant, a Media Consultant, Mr.Yemisi Fadairo said media should be a vanguard of culture, hence Journalists should ensure that every media programme should project and promote African cultural heritage.
Also speaking, Director of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Oluwaseye Adeyemo posited that Adire, as an African fabric should be an everyday attire and not occasional wear, appealing to participants to embrace the rich culture , rather than the western culture, saying parents should encourage their children to learn and speak indigenous languages.
Adeyemo urged people to harness the opportunity of Adire Ogun recently launched by the State government, saying a lot of money could be realised from exporting the fabric.
In her submission, the Editor Ogun Update, Mrs. Gbemisola Akanbi called on parents to desist from referring to African languages as vernacular, adding that the younger generation should be lured to speak the language and stop chastising them.
Highlights of the event include the presentation of a cash gift to the best dressed indigenous male, Mr. Abiodun Ojelabi and female, Mrs. Abisola Ayorinde, language quiz and dancing competition.