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…”

Categories: Africa, Education, Family, Nigeria

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7 replies

  1. I really enjoyed the video and the after conversation on your post, Fola. You must have a rich and varied history, well worth perserving. In the new world we are a mishmash of cultures some totally forgotten.

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    • Thank you Leslie for taking time out to listen!
      Yes, it is quite rich actually, our ancestors travelled like tortoises carrying their homes with them everywhere they went. The trail around the world is incredible, from West Africa to South America to the Caribbean. Agreed, it is worth preserving.

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  2. This is a truism. I had a conversation with a senior colleague today on my research enquiry into culture and society and my fascination with practitioners of traditional religion despite the fact that I wear hijab which he believe is a religious statement, I had to tell him that I’m more concerned about learning the culture and as it is, it is fast becoming a fact that these people make an average of 60% of those who still believe and portray the African/ Yoruba culture. it is no gainsaying that religion cannot wholly be separated from African way of life. By religion I mean the indigenous reliogion though people would say it isn’t has organized as Christainty/Islam.

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    • I agree. I believe our generation is quite lucky as we have information flowing around to connect like-minded.

      This is why I think Ms Shoneyin’s work is inspiring because raising our consciousness is important and what a fantastic way to draw attention to richness of culture than getting people together to promote written works and performing arts?

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  3. I still await that moment when the word ‘fetish’ won’t be synonymous to Traditional religion.

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    • Well, somebody told us it was fetish long time ago, but today in Nigeria for example we reinforced this more starting from home and school. Having said that, I have found that one can learn and appreciate language, literature and culture without going into the religion bits. Others do it successfully, so we can too.

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