World Culture Day: Lets Primote Norms, Heritage, Values – Commissioner

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun on Wednesday asked Nigerians to promote their cultural norms, heritage and values.

The Commissioner said this  in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on this year’s World Culture Day also hinted that
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has  approved that residents in the state especially students in private and public schools as well as workers in the state to turn out in their traditional attire on Monday, May 21 in commemoration of the 2018 World Culture Day.

Mr Arulogun stressed that it was only through the promotion of our cultural norms, heritage and values that we can  change the paradigm of our culture being seen as inferior
primitive, irrelevant and something to be transformed.

According to the  Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, “it is the collective responsibility of all and sundry to promote our cultural norms, heritage and values in order to change the paradigm of culture being seen as inferior, primitive, irrelevant and something to be transformed

The Commissioner pointed out that “May 21 is set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to celebrate and promote our culture in diversity, adding that schools’ authorities, civil/public servants, private business owners, corporate organisations as well as other culture related organization are enjoined to done wear indigenous attires throughout the day and make the day an indigenous language day.

Mr Arulogun added that ” World Culture day is a platform with an opportunity to understand diverse culture and values, saying that the theme of this year’s celebration is tagged: Enhancing our Understanding and Acceptance of Different Cultures.”

He however stressed that the occasion will be used to launch a quarterly cultural magazine tagged “Dundun” produced by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to promote and document our cultural values, historical sites among others.

“Dundun” will serve as reference document for this generation and generations yet unborn, stressing that there will be cultural activities by Yoruba, Efik, Igbo, Hausa, Ebira and all ethnic groups that reside in Ibadan from their local government areas on the day, and that there will be parade and performances of each ethnic group, arts and crafts exhibition and schools’ cultural performances noting that there will also be food court exhibition of our traditional cuisines such as ‘egbo ati ewa, mosa, moinmoin, ojoo, abari’, among others.

The Commissioner maintained  that all the activities lined up to celebrate the World Culture Day will hold at the Cultural Centre, Mokola Hill, Ibadan, stressing that stakeholders expected to participate in this programmes include the Hunters Association, Tie and Dye Fabric Sellers, Arts and Crafts groups, Traditional Foods cuisines sellers, Aso Ofi Weavers and Marketers Association and Association of Hair Dressers among others.

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