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NGO urges Nigerians to embrace cultural values

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MR Yemisi Shyllon, the Founder of Omooba Yemisi Art Foundation, an NGO, has urged Nigerians to embrace, appreciate and showcase their cultural values home and abroad.

Shyllon told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that most Nigerians had lost their cultural values to those of the western world.

According to him, most Nigerians no longer appreciate their cultural values as it is in the past.

We have rich culture, heritage, norms and values that we can market to the outside world but most Nigerians now prefer western values to their culture.

They have lost their cultural values to the western world and this is not good for the image of the country,” Shyllon said.

He urged the Federal Government to adequately fund the culture and tourism sector in order to re-awaken the country’s traditional values.

He also implored government to encourage private investors to fully tap the nation’s rich cultural resources.

Proper funding of the sector will attract more investors to the art, culture and tourism world.

Government should also empower youths to explore and harness the culture, art and tourism potential of the country,” he urged.

Shyllon said that his organisation had empowered more than 6,000 youths since its establishment.

According to him, the youth are doing well now in the area of art and culture and their achievements have become noticeable.

Shyllon opined that if the federal government could properly fund the sector, it would in turn, raise government’s revenue and help to address the nation’s unemployment challenges. (NAN)



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