Kaduna Ethnic Group Harps On Unity Through Culture

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By: AUSTINE AGBO EMMANUEL, Kaduna

Ethnic group, the Gbagyi people living in Kaduna state have said that culture remain a uniting force that can tame the menace of rising division among residents of Kaduna State.

This is as the group in their numbers, stormed Kaduna on Monday to celebrate what they called “Akavulu Nya,” their cultural heritage that seeks to promote love, peace and unity, through singing and dancing.

Gbagyi is an ethnic group found predominantly in central nigeria, with an estimated population figure put at 5.8 million, according to the 2006 population census, spread across Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory. (FCT) 

Speaking at the event in Kaduna on Monday, the Host-Organizer, Mr. Nathaniel Alkali said the idea is to foster peaceful coexistience among the Gbagyi people even as peace remains the universal craving of every society.

Nathaniel further stressed that the program is one of the platforms to get people’s attention and encourage them to tow the path of peace, unity and love, adding that there can be no sane society without love for each other.

“We are here to celebrate the Gbagyi culture and to showcase the culture to the world as a peace and loving culture that we are. We make the event to be called Akavulu Nya, which is one of the Gbagyi people when it comes to cultural dance in different ways.

“We are trying to address peace and unity. We want people to come together and feel the love of one another as this will foster peaceful coexistience among the Gbagyi people. In one way or the other we all need that place amongst us. This is the best place to get people’s attention and encourage them to tow the path of peace, unity and love.

“We did the event last year and we are back again this year. It’s going to still happen next year and we hope it gets bigger by next year.” Nathaniel said.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the event, one of the participants and popular Gospel Minister, Friday Jibo said the program is apt, coming in a time where Nigerians are passing through a lot of difficulties.

Jibo further reiterated that until people value their cultural heritage and embrace one another as brothers and sisters, it will be very difficult to have a united country that can stand and fight a just course that can champion development. He called on the people to celebrate each other in love so as to bring the best out of them.

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