By Usman Shuaibu
The Minister/Counsellor from the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Nigeria, Mrs Monila Kuchena, has commended the management of Love FM radio for the step being taken to inculcate cultural values among the school children.
Kuchena, who gave the commendation while speaking to newsmen during a programme organized by the leadership of Love Fm radio which tagged “Mama Africa” at Maitama Amusement park in Abuja.
She expressed joy the manner at which the management of Love FM radio featured different ethnic groups in Nigeria during the ceremony.
Her words: “The moment we used the mother-language is a medium of communication and the child communicates better. And I like the show because it gives the young children the ability to communicate with their mother-tongue in order to appreciate whom they are and to value their traditional and cultural upbringing”.
She charged the parents and teachers to imbibe indigenous norms as well as cultural values in children to help them to communicate better with their languages.
She also advised the children to value their cultural heritage as well tolerate one another in Africa, urging them to live in harmony with other ethnic groups in anywhere they found themselves.
She said: “Ethnic diversity is good for African, ethnic diversity is good for any other continent, but African people overemphasize ethnic diversity to mean ethnic conflict. I think we must re-arrange our mentality, we must re-arrange our attitude and we must also harness diversity into co-operation and development”. “I think if the communities are allowed to tolerate one another they will come up with very good ideas for development. They will come up with good ideas for conflict resolution management and they will also come up with ideas for co-operation which are very healthy for Africa”, she added.
She pleaded with the stakeholders in education sector to include the African languages in the curriculum so that we could understand one another better, and called on the linguistics in Africa to come up with a programme to make the native languages important to every tribes.
Also speaking, the General Management of Love FM, Mrs Lilian Anele, said the programme was held in order to inculcate cultural norms in our children.
Anele called on the leadership of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) not to hesitate to sensitize Nigerians on the cultural heritage.
On her part, the Programme Manager of Love FM radio, Grace Nwodo, urged both parents and teachers to proffer solution to the lingering decay in our cultural values in the society.
Nwodo observed that the zeal to imbibe western culture by some youths was hindering the development of Nigeria’s cultural values.