Former Nigerian Ambassador to Austria, Biodun Owoseni on Tuesday urged the three tiers of government to sustain the Nigeria’s cultural consciousness and orientation.
Owoseni gave the advice in a paper titled, “Celebrating our Rich Cultural Heritage’’, presented at the 2nd Cultural Day festivity of Royal Rainbow International School Lugbe, Abuja.
He said that Nigerians should not allow the nation’s cultural heritage to perish on the altar of modernity and aimless assimilation of other cultures.
Owoseni noted that culture was important to individuals and ethnic groups, without which their identities would be irretrievably lost to other more powerful cultures, either imposed or imbibed.
“The native names we are given at births, the naming ceremonies involved and the native consumes of our ethnic groups sewn and put on by us, the traditional marriage we celebrate.
“The traditional food we eat, the native songs and dances of our people at traditional ceremonies, among others are all rooted in our cultures and rich heritage,’’ he said.
According Owoseni, who owns the school said that culture can be a potential tool to foster national unity, especially now that some part of the world is experiencing unrest.
“In my view, I think culture remains a unifying factor for Nigerians; the government can easily key into this to promote peace and cohesion.
“We are very proud of our culture and it distinguishes us from other nations.
“As a former ambassador, who has travelled far and wide, I can tell you that most foreigners respect the culture and tradition of our country because of our diversity,’’ Owoseni said.