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Cleric decries erosion of African cultural values

By Taye Obateru & Matthew Adeiza

Jos — Catholic Arch-bishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has expressed concern about the gradual erosion of African cultural values by foreign ones, urging Nigerians to appreciate and promote their cultures.

In a homily at the opening mass of the 7th edition of Forum for In-culturation of Liturgical Music (FILM) at the Good Shepherd Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Jos, he decried what he called “de-culturation” of Nigerians who keep embracing foreign values in the name of globalisation, saying it had far-reaching negative consequences on the country’s development.

He listed “de-culturation” tendencies to include indecent dressing, pre-marital sex and aping of Western values, noting that nobody would be happy trying to be somebody else.

Kaigama advised Nigerians to appreciate their African-ness and be grateful to God for it, citing example of Michael Jackson who he said spent his life trying to be what he is not.

He charged Catholic students from 20 universities attending the programme to see Liturgical music as “wonderful melodies, lyrics or acrobatic spiritual rendition” which “should inspire us to worship and discover God.”

Welcoming participants, Plateau State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Pauline Tallen  was happy that the fiesta would promote local languages which she said should not be allowed to become extinct despite globalisation.


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