By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
The Asholio youths of Moro’a Chiefdom, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State have resolved to take proactive steps to save the cultural values and identity of the Asholio people from extinction.
The youths made the resolve at Manchok on Friday night, during a Native Cocktail party organised to sensitise the people to the need to re-ventilate the Asholio culture, which many see as dying.
Cultural values are the core principles and ideals upon which an entire community exists.
This is made up of several parts: customs, which are traditions and rituals; values, which are beliefs; and culture, which is all of a group’s guiding values, including language.
According to the convener of the event, Mr Lucky Mamman, it is unfortunate that a majority of the current generation of youths cannot speak the Asholio language.
“Not only that, a lot of us have lost touch with the Asholio culture to the extent that even our traditional rulers, who are the custodian of the culture of the Moro’a land bear foreign traditional titles and wear foreign clothes.
“It is so pathetic that today we cannot say exactly what makes us unique as a people because we have no cultural sophistry to display.
“Our younger ones only speak Hausa and English languages because they do not know the language of our fore-fathers,’’ he said.
Mamman, therefore, stressed the need for the youths of the land to parley, reflect, review and reset the social compass toward reinventing and preserving the once glorious Asholio culture.
He said that the get-together presented an opportunity for the youths to experience the Asholio native varieties, ranging from mode of dressing, type of music, food, riddles and jokes.
According to him, a community without a sense of tradition is culturally dead.
“But where tradition is upheld and celebrated, the people have a sense of identity and originality.
“This event gives us an opportunity to meet, think, reflect, talk, eat and dance because such actions hold the key to the preservation of our common identity.’’
Also speaking, Dr Yusuf Mugu of the University of Jos, commended the convener of the event and expressed support for a periodic meeting of the youths to reflect on the original culture and tradition of the Asholio people.
According to Mugu, it is only when the youths become conscious of their tradition that the efforts toward reinventing and preserving the cultural uniqueness will be realistic.
Similarly, Mr Hilary Bakura of Afrinet, Kaduna, also said that efforts should be made to teach the younger generation the original culture and tradition of the Ashiolio people of Moro’a land.
According to him, is by so doing that the generations unborn will know and sustain the culture and tradition of their people in future.
At the end of the meeting, which ended in the early hours of Saturday, the youths agreed that parents should teach their children the Asholio language.
They also agreed to hold periodic meetings to reflect on progress, challenges and the way forward toward reinventing the Asholio culture among the youths upon whose shoulders the future rests.
They equally agreed that the Asholio language should be the only means of communication at subsequent meetings as study centres would be established where the youths could learn more about their culture and history.