An expert on culture, Mr Adeyeye Abraham on Monday decried the rate at which western influence had eroded African culture and tradition.
Tourism Expert Decries Western Influence On African Culture, Tradition
Abraham, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos described the development as “disheartening’’.
The expert stressed the need for Africans, especially Nigerians to uphold their culture and traditions for identity as well as foster national development.
“The country will be more developed if Nigerians can value and uphold their culture effectively.
“It is uncalled for Nigerians to imbibe foreign culture to the detriment of our local culture and practices.
“Nigeria has amazing and historical culture that can attract foreigners,’’ he said.
The consultant listed some of the country`s valuable cultures to include local delicacies, fabrics, clothing, hair style, languages, ethnic groups and traditional practices among others.
“Ile-Ife in Osun State has over 200 deities that they worship every day, monthly and yearly.
“Osogbo has Osun shrine and river that the people of Osogbo worship, so also all states have something to sell to the world.
“Every state and ethnic group has their own culture as a way of life which westerners can learn from,’’he said.
According to Abraham, if Nigerians can be dedicated to their local culture, the nation will be able to develop beyond expectations.
He urged Nigerians to respect their culture and be change ambassadors.