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Tourism Commissioner Canvasses Historical Studies
The Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo has enjoined Nigerians in all walks of life to promote the study of cultural history in primary and secondary schools so as to sustain the nation’s rich heritage.
Oladipo who made the call in Abeokuta, noted that for culture to continue to thrive, everyone must contribute their quota as it was time for culturally inclined individuals to pass on the language and cultural prowess to the upcoming generation by showcasing them through their mode of dressing and promotion of art of story-telling.
He charged traditional rulers, who were the custodians of culture as well as parents and guardians to revive the culture that was going into extinction at their domains and homes.
He added that it would be a national embarrassment if the children were allowed to be taught the culture by foreigners.
He, however, noted with dismay the continued neglect of the immense value embedded in the art of storytelling and study of history where the activities of prominent Nigerians who had contributed to the development of the country were no longer taught.
”The study of history is very important; it is a thing of dismay for some of us to know that the education of storytelling was no more, especially in our primary and secondary schools.
“How do you expect children of today to learn about Obafemi Awolowo,Wole Soyinka,Bisi Onabanjo, MKO Abiola,Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikwe if you don’t teach them ,” he said.
Oladipo acknowledged the contribution of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for promoting the Yoruba culture through his mode of dressing that showcased the nation’s culture both within and outside the country.
” Look at our Father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for his 8 years as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , he never for once put on any English dress, except while playing Badminton and Squash, ” he said.