As the world celebrated the International Museum Day last week, National Commission for Museum and Monuments in Nigeria rolled out drums to celebrate the day with the theme â€œMuseums for Social Harmony.â€
Museums are places for meeting and transferring knowledge to foster inter -cultural and inter generationalÂ Â dialogue and in recognition and appreciation of what some Nigerians have done promoting the ideals the museum represented, the management of the National Museum in Port HarcourtÂ honored the wife of the Governor of Rivers state, Dame Judith Amaechi, Chief Mike Amachree and five others.
Speaking at the event, the curator of the National Museum, Port Harcourt, Mr. Fadamijo Omolayo, said it is apt and realistic to talk about the part museums play in social harmony, â€œ Museumâ€™s cultural and social remits should encourage man to promote social harmony strongly.â€
â€œSocial harmony is most directly demonstrated by mutual trust and interaction between populations, societies and cultures.â€
Museums, he noted, provide a structured platform for interactions between cultures, which makes them ideal ambassadors for inter cultural communication as the museums make it easier to acquire knowledge of cultures and gain insights into them by presenting the facts about them and their histories.
While presenting awards to the seven recipients, Mr. Omolayo said the award was intended to serve as motivation to them in their endeavour to serve humanity as well as invitation to continue to partner with the museum in the task of charting the course of our future through the prism of the past.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Rivers stateâ€™s first lady, the state commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Emmnuela thanked the Museum management for the award and noted the role of the museum in protecting the nationâ€™s cultural heritage.
She was particularly happy with the invitation of some selectedÂ schools in the state to grace the occasion, Dame Amaechi said the display by the school children at the event shows that the culture of our people will not go into extinction.
Chief Mike Amachree, said that Nigerians need to be educated on why they should visit the museums, â€œwhen you visit Europe, America or Asia, the first thing in your mind is to visit the museums where you learn. Things that happened centuries ago are in the museums.â€
He said the problem we have in the country today is how to convince on the need to visit the museums as the museum is a library on its own for learning.
Others honoured by the museum include Sir Chukumela Nnam Obi, Oba of Ogbaland; Prof. Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa; Dr (Mrs.) Oledinma Nwanna-Nzewunwa and Prof. Abi Derefaka.