CBAAC Director Advocates Promotion of African Culture
Covenant University’s quest of restoring the beautiful heritage of Africa was brought to fore as she hosted her very first Cultural Day in collaboration with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture (CBAAC) at its African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
The epoch making event attracted many important dignitaries including the Director General of CBAAC, Dr. Ferdinand Anekwe, who also presented the Keynote Address on the topic, ”Promoting African Culture in the 21st Century”.
In his address, Dr. Anekwe traced the challenges of African countries to the neglect and disregard for thier culture; citing the saying of late President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, who was said to have posited that, ‘African leaders should “seek the Political Kingdom first”…, which our first political leaders were doing, with no success”, he therefore advocated for the seeking of a ‘cultural kingdom’ instead.
He gave instances of countries like China and India, which promoted their culture and are doing well in the comity of nations while African countries are lagging behind. He therefore advocated for a shift in education policy to inculcate teaching of history in schools for proper acculturation of the young ones.
A representative of Covenant University Management, Professor Amos Alao, remarked that Nigeria and most African countries have a lot of diversities which could be tapped for the benefits of its teeming population because a country without a cultural identity is dead. He concluded that Covenant University is always proud to showcase true African values and ethos which explained why the institution has supported the hosting of the Cultural Day celebration.
There were many performances by CU students like Miss Ochei Joy Oyare, a 400 Level student of Mass Communication, who recited a poem titled ‘The Spoken Word’ that talked about our penchant for loving foreign foods like custard over pap and wearing of foreign fabrics over traditional African attires among others.
Participants also showed-off various African dance steps, songs fashion parade and foods.
There was cooking competition won by Mr Oyebade, a student of Estate Management at Covenant University.