Ever heard of ‘African Culture Day’ in Nigerian schools before? This was what was on display at the T-Square Private School, cultural fiesta.
Aside pupils displaying costumes of various ethnic groups as well as their song rendition, performers’ exhibition of South African and Ghanaian costumes was another cultural menu that provoked guests to endless applause.
So excited and nostalgic was Mr Attah Amankwa, a Ghanaian national resident in Nigeria, that he leapt up and joined in the chorus by performers dishing out songs in Ghana. Call it a musical homecoming, if you like.
The expansion of the festival beyond Nigeria was to consolidate on the gains of the maiden edition last year, said T-Square Head of School, Mrs Adebusuyi Ifedapo Abiodun.
“We had our maiden Cultural Day last year and it was very successful,” she said of the school located in Ahmmadiyya.
“Based on that, we have decided to consolidate by having ‘African Culture Day’ as the theme of this occasion.
“We need to let these children know a little bit about what happens beyond their immediate environment. We need to let them know the history of Ghana and South Africa. They have heard of apartheid and xenophobia before, but we need to teach them the real meaning. This is the rationale behind our concept this year.”
Adebusuyi, who described culture as a way of life of a particular people, added that participants need to imbibe their cultural heritage to insulate them from Western contamination.
“You will agree with me that our culture is being endangered and if nothing is done to rescue the situation, some of these cultural assets our forefathers left behind might go into extinction.”
Both Mr Amankwa and a parent Mrs Angela Ezeh agreed with Adebusuyi.
“I am here to welcome my Ghanaian contingent, Amankwa, who is from the Ashanti tribe, said referring to the young performers.
For Eze, a legal practitioner, Africans are one regardless of the geographical ceilings put in place by the West.
“We should not allow these borderlines that separate one country from the other by the West to be a hindrance. Africa is one, and we should promote that togetherness despite language variation,” she said.