• Blessing Stephen

Preserving our Cultures

The world is becoming more interconnected every passing day. People can communicate with friends and family from others parts of the world without traveling to meet them. Even when they decide to travel, it would only take hours in the air unlike years back which required days and even months at sea. Traveling from Africa to Europe and any part of the world has been made trivial due to globalization and modernization. This easy access to travel has increased the rate of cultural exchange, people assimilating others' cultures.

Rise in mobility of people and information has incentivized a trend of sameness of culture. In the face of globalization where a uniform tongue is usually used, minority groups fear that their identity and culture may go erased.

Culturally preservation is a way of protecting an existing cultural heritage for the present and future generations. Our culture as part of our identity and history should be conserved so that we would not loose our identity. Some cultures would not be accepted to exist in today's world in their original form, they may need to be modified. Music, arts and languages should be guarded and in some places, upgraded to modern ground. We have to take responsibility in maintaining our culture to avoid non-existence. Many steps have been taken to do this. One important step is education, which can be done in various ways. Extra local language classes for children. Books and magazines should be written in local languages. Other means of conversing them are bringing traditional music and folk dance to practice, introducing children to local food recipes. Also, practicing local handicrafts and talking about them.

In recent times, schools in Nigeria have adopted the 'cultural day' practice. A day reserved by schools to promote cultural uniqueness. Students dress in their traditional clothes to school on that special day, accompanied with singing and dancing to local music to help them identify with their cultures. It is a means of reviving culture in them. A person's name is an important part of their identity. People who have tribal name would always be associated with their culture, as this will give them a sense of identifying with their cultures.

Many countries are loosing their identity by giving up their heritage and culture. It is our responsibility to uphold our cultural identity. We all need to get rid of feeling embarrassed with the cultures we have, loving them without defaming others', staying away from ethnocentrism.

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