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Monarch tasks Yoruba on language and culture 

By Cleopatra Eki
28 November 2021   |   3:36 am
In a bid to revive the Yoruba language, culture and traditional religion, Oba Jamiu Adewale Eletu has tasked indigenes to speak the language, practise their culture and encourage their children to do the same.

In a bid to revive the Yoruba language, culture and traditional religion, Oba Jamiu Adewale Eletu has tasked indigenes to speak the language, practise their culture and encourage their children to do the same.

He made the call in Awoyaya, Lagos, while observing that many Nigerians have abandoned their languages, traditions and culture and embrace foreign cultures.

He said: “We have lost our dialects and may soon lose our identities. I, therefore, urge families to teach their children to speak their native dialects more, especially since these children have adaptive and retentive brain. Our African foods, dressings and hairstyles should be showcased and promoted in every circle.”

He assured that though there have been reports of insecurity and hardship in the country, “there is no country without challenges; so we have to fix ours.”

Also, Her Royal Majesty, Oba Obinna Olosun Agbaye, represented by Oluwemimo Sangokoya, said: “We are blessed with diverse cultures that should promote unity and sanitise the society.”

Sangokoya urged government and stakeholders to promote programmes and policies relating to African culture and traditional religion tourism for national development. This, according to her, would promote peaceful co-existence among the different tribes in the country.  

The National Secretary, ljo Olorisa Parapo Ati Asa Agbaiye and traditional worshippers, Chief Segun Balogun Ajewole, believed that most challenges the Nigerian society faces today is as a result of neglecting the cultures and religions.  

“Civilization has brought a lot of issues. We have lost ourselves, our African roots, language, values, sense of belonging and lack respect for humanity,” he said.

Ajewole urged Nigerians to embrace their traditions, embrace unity and peaceful existence, as well as project their cultural values and beliefs.