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FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria supports CIKDAS to promote positive cultural values

Cross-Sections of Young Participants in the CIKDAS Event Held in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital Photo: Jumoke Owoola

*Princess Jumoke Owoola, Project Director of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, Development and Sustainability and Convener of a cultural reawakening event in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, stresses the need for Nigerians to apply positive aspects of their cultural values to achieve developmental goals

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The need to revive our cultural heritages with the sole responsibility of focusing on moral values, highly believed to be the best way to solve several problems facing mankind today is receiving more attention.

The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, Development and Sustainability (CIKDAS) has received the support of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc to organise a one-day event titled, “Indigenous Women as a Catalyst for Good Governance”.

Princess Jumoke Owoola, Project Director of CIKDAS and Convener of the well-attended programme, which recently held in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, in a statement disclosed the need to constantly reawaken the interest of the masses and ensure compliance with the societal moral ethos.

Owoola said: “Our culture is dying here at home, but foreigners in developed countries are tapping into the positive aspects of our culture and making use of it for their own  developmental goals . We need to brace up.”

The Project Director of CIKDAS also noted the organisation had been hosting the event for over a decade.

She further opined that the theme of the event was targeted at women in order to make it more acceptable, as well as having more positive impacts from the home front to the larger populace.

“Women has a grip on the populace. They have dominance in the house. They have on the society  too.

“Even where men calls the shots, women has a way of making positive impacts felt,” Princess Owoola said.

According to the Convener of the programme, women are multitasking naturally, and this they can do without complaints .

She as well stated: “We know that when a woman is coming to such an  event, men and children will be invited along.

“And where men are not coming along, the men  will still ask about the outcome of the event upon getting home.

“And this method has greatly made the event a sought-after.”

Owoola also explained “the belief is that cultural revival will surely restore normalcy in our society, be it kidnapping issue, rape, violence, cultural norms,  up to organic or indigenous foods, which can aid our health and body systems.”

The statement said certain Christianah, one of the  participants, urged the government both at the Federal, state and local council levels to make the issue of cultural values revival a must in our schools.

The participant was quoted to have said doing this “will allow positive norms be in the veins of the youngsters in order to grow with it .

“It can never be too much . Constant reminder will  pave for better results.”

Odunola Odunayo, a JSS1 student and participant, also advocated that cultural values revival must start from the cradle.

“The way we greet, the way we show respect to elders both at home and in schools.

“Even also, the way we reason among our peers.

“Religion and belief might  be different, the ability to learn how to tolerate each others matters , irrespective of ones tribe or nationality,” said young Odunayo.

In his opinion, Mr. Adubiaran James observed the need to tolerate one another was that paramount in Nigeria decades ago.

And this is why such a participant supports cultural values awareness at any fora, the statement noted.

James, however, affirmed that “we are one. Same blood flows in our veins. “Stability will make the country to develop faster.

It will make societal  ills be reduced in our society.”

The group said FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has been supporting CIKDAS in the  areas bordering on community development, cultural, revival, teachers’ advancement and positive awareness drives targeted at rebuilding the Nigerian society.

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