By Donald Iorchir
A minister at the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Nigeria, Mrs. Monila Kuchena, has urged Nigerian parents to embark on proper inculcation of indigenous languages and native culture in their children to draw them away from western influences.
Mrs. Kuchena charged women, especially mothers, to take the initiative in educating their children, stressing that leaving the responsibility to the men folks would spell disaster because children are closer to their mothers.
The minister, who is also a counselor, urged Africans to develop pride in their identity rather than allowing western culture and languages to infiltrate and influence the behaviours of our youth population.
Kuchena urged Nigerian to proudly use their ethnic diversities to unite the country, adding: “We must harness our diversities by cooperating better with one another. African culture is rich and we must take this diversity to advantage.”
General manager Love FM Radio, Mrs Lilian Anele, who also spoke at the cultural event organised by the station, said children were brought together to inculcate in the young ones the value of indigenous culture and languages, stressing that parents owed the nation and their children the responsibility of teaching the kids how to use their languages and cultures.
She called on the National Orientating Agency (NOA) and the federal Ministry of Information to embark on cultural renewal to check the declining use of the nation’s languages and culture.
Also speaking, the programme manager, Love FM, Mrs. Grace Nwendo, spoke in support of parents supporting their children to learn native culture and languages, saying “that is the only way to preserve national identity.”