Amazing Schools celebrate Nigerian cultures
The management, staff and pupils of Amazing Talents School, Idimu, Lagos, recently held its annual Cultural Day. The event, which was graced by parents, friends and well-wishers, witnessed the children gaily dressed in different national attires.
The day also featured the parade of several ethnic groups dressed in the traditional fashion. There were also dances common among such ethnic groups.
To drive home the cultural message of the event, palm wine, traditionally-prepared foods, local drinks and kolanuts, among others, were served.
In his speech, Mr. Eddy Odivwri, proprietor of the school, said children who are well groomed in their culture are less likely to get involved in crimes.
He said: “No Nigerian culture supports any form of crime. So, children who are properly nurtured in their culture will not only abhor crime, but will also crusade against it.
“Our various cultures in Nigeria are not only very rich, but are also full of moral lessons that are supposed to serve as a moral guide to the young ones. That is why as a school and as parents, we must all join hands to promote the values of our native culture.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of the school’s Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA), Mr. Steve Olusegun, noted that parents must strive to nurture and preserve such aspects of our culture as the mother tongue, dressing, food and sense of fashion.
He said: “It is unfortunate the current craze to copy the Western world, which is making the present generation lose a lot of peace and comfort. There is need for parents to instill in younger ones the values inherent in our various cultures and traditions. With this, our children are bound to grow up as responsible adults.”
Commending the school for the initiative, Mrs. Ochuko Mbah, a parent said: “No amount of learning can be meaningful to children without supporting such knowledge with their parents’ culture. Nigerian mothers have an abiding duty to speak their languages to their children, so that no Nigerian language will go extinct because of lack of usage.”
Miss Amarachi Okorie, a pupil dressed in Igbo attire, said she was feeling proud and excited, wearing the native dress of her culture.
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