From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The Rector , Abia State Polytechnic Aba Professor Ezionye Eboh, has expressed worry over the attitude of many Nigerian youths who prefer Western life style to the rich African culture.
Professor Eboh who was speaking during the Cultural Day celebration of the institution held over the weekend, observed with dismay that the rich cultural heritage of many tribes in Nigeria had come under threat of extinction due to obsession for westernization by the younger generation.
He called on youths to appreciate and place high value for Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage instead of viewing them as fetish and obsolete.
The Rector who noted that culture gives identity to a people said Nigeria is blessed with enormous cultural heritage that should be cherished , upheld and preserved by the younger generation.
He explained that the high value placed on Nigeria culture by the Management and students of the institution informed the decision of the Management to designate a day for cultural fiesta.
Eboh commended students of the institution for their enthusiasm and massive participation in showcasing their various cultures which according to him will tremendously help in boosting the tourism potentials of the country if fully harnessed.
” Today in Abia Poly, we are celebrating the cultural rainbow of different states and tribes of our great country Nigeria”, he said.
Professor Eboh further noted that good cultures also help in promoting peace, unity and inter-relationship among various tribes in human society.
Earlier in his address, the Students Union President, Comrade Chinonso Alozie, declared the readiness of the students to uphold the cultural heritage of their various ethnic groups which he said gave them a unique identity.
The colourful event witnessed cultural parades by students from various ethnic nationalities in the country who enthusiastically displayed their rich cultural attires and traditional dances.