So much have been on my mind recently about our culture/heritage in Africa. In a recent post where l mentioned the mentality of us, as Africans in this generation: all things African being evil and all things Western being the best.
As I was preparing this post, I came across an article by Aljazeera about marriages in Obudu Cross River. Of course, as usual condemning the culture as barbaric. When will anything from Africa ever be termed as good or perfect.
Is Africans losing their cultural heritage to Western ways in the wake of this century? In another part of the world, a people are trying to reclaim and revive their lost heritage from Western ways- The Aborigines, the First Nation people of Canada and the United States and my heart bleeds for my people Africa because unlike the First Nations people, we are the ones stripping ourselves of our cultural heritage.
While Africans are busy losing cultural displays, languages, food, way of life, dressing mode and arts, the First Nations people are busy revitalizing all these traditionally. They are reviving and teaching their kids about the tribes/clans that makes up their people. Their Power house, town meetings, their smudging rites. Their language and food in this twenty first century.
According to a good friend of mine, a Professor and a first nation woman, Africa would lose their identity if they do not retrace or learn from the mistakes of others now. it will take them another hundred and fifty years to try to rectify this if the damage is done.
The crave today among Africans, is to only speak the english language our tribal languages are dying, our food are being replaced with Western meals. Fashion today in Africa is Western. Great designers like Stella McCarthy are using African rich 100%real cotton to design clothes, Africans are busy buying inferior lycra fabric designed clothes from China/Dubai in the name of fashion.
History of Africa, where did it disappear to? I was taught of my Ancestral great kingdoms in school growing up. I was proud of all the great Benin Kingdom, the Yoruba’s and knew about the scrabble and partition of Africa. Today, what do we teach, Is there still History?
A child in an African village knows so much about other nations but nothing about his/her land. I once saw a video of a Nigeria girl who could speak Korean language and everyone thinks its cool. No problem but it will be so very offensive to discover that this same girl can not speak her own language, what a shame.
Its time to wake up, do not think it is the best that is out there. Believe in what you have, time to go back to the basis is now. I want to thank my brothers and sisters in diaspora who are married to foreigners and are teaching their kids their languages.
I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Ibos in Togo married to Togolese or raising kids in Togo. Its so interesting to see these kids speak English, Ibos, Togolese and French, Kudos indeed. Also to most Yorubas in Diaspora, its great to see their kids speak their languages.