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Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017

NAFEST 2017: Influx of foreign cartoons and stories is overtaking local heritage

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The influx of foreign cartoons and stories is overtaking local heritage, a development that has greatly contributed to the decadence in the society especially among the younger generation.
The Producer/Director of the famous tales by Moonlight on the Nigerian Television Authority, Mrs Nkem Osaeloka – Orakwe, made the assertion yesterday in Kaduna at the on National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST)
She called for the need for African continent to concentrate on its folklore to check declining fortune of African culture.
Osaeloka – Orakwe, equally agreed that, if properly harnessed and packaged, African stories can be a money spinning venture due to possible originality which can be presented to the outside world using the latest technology available.
She said, if Nigeria get the mix right, African and Nigeria in particular should be ready to go places.
Nkem noted that, the move has become pertinent because internet has affected African children seriously and there is a need for an alternative platform to imbue in them the rich African culture.
“We need to package programmes that will teach them how to respect, greet and the importance of doing so. Folklore and the culture is related so we need to put them on the front burner”.
Earlier, Director General of National Council of Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe said, the time has come for Nigerians to embrace peace and togetherness irrespective of religion or tribe adding that, everyone would have to tell his story because it is important to leave behind integrity, excellence and greatness.
“There is need for cultural diplomacy. Everyone comes from a culture and the culture has a base which can be uprooted”.
Runsewe pressed for use of cultural approach to address the menace of hate speeches as the nation’s cultural heritage needs to be sustained as the next wealth of the nation.

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