Honest conversation on eroding culture
There was a time not long ago as early as the 80s that culture is still well celebrated especially in our small towns. I witnessed this in my town, most people who participated belonged to one religion or the other but yet there was a space to celebrate what we all had in common, the language, different art forms from dance, poetry to street festivals. I used to enjoy this before everything became skataskata.
Beautiful masks became an idol, people go into frenzy of selling them out or destroyed outright. Oh well, great time to be alive and knowing there are lots of people out there bothered by this is pleasing.
Ms Shoneyin’s interview here about the importance of culture sums it up for me. I particularly liked what she said in 3:30 in relations to how religion has affected Nigerians profoundly in the way that we see culture today.
“…with religion and how much it sort of permeated the Nigerian people for instance you find that everything that has to do with the indigenous culture is sort of put in the same dustbin that some would put all those fetish practices…”
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