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How To Promote Nigeria’s Diverse Cultures, By Aliyu

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 12:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie –  Minna


Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has challenged promoters of Nigerian culture to evolve strategies of harmonising the rich cultural heritage that abounds in Nigeria.

He said this is necessary to avoid erosion of the cultures and traditions of about 250 ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

The Governor noted cultures and traditions of the different ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria differ, hence the need for those in the industry to promote the positive aspects of the various cultures and traditions and make them marketable to the outside world.

Aliyu made the call when he played host to the South-East Beauty Queen, a cultural outfit promoted by the ‘Royal Queen Africa’ in collaborating with the Enugu State Government for the promotion of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

Aliyu, who however, frowned at the discrimination often visited on some people due to cultural differences, said: “Everybody came from a place, it is a matter of who comes first or who settled first before another group at a particular location.

“Some people’s cultural behaviour may look strange to you as an individual but that is the culture in diversity as revered culture and tradition of a people and that is why it is important to harmoniSe the different segments of the Nigerian culture”.

While calling on citizens to respect the culture and tradition of people wherever they find themselves, Aliyu nevertheless lamented what he termed fast erosion of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and the craze for alien culture with negative consequences on the country’s social values.

The idea of people moving from one location or another is part of human existence, Aliyu said, adding that, “People move from one location to another but basically moving towards where there is water”.

The likes of Nigeria’s first civilian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the former Biafran war lord, late Ikemba Nnewi, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief K.O. Mbadiwe were all born in Niger State.