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Stakeholders sensitize FCT indigenes on culture

Stakeholders have called for the promotion of the cultural rights of the original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory through the use of entertainment and arts.

The Executive Director of a Non-governmental Organization, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Faith Nwadishi stated this at a Media Roundtable in during the Launch of a school competition on the FCT Original Indigenous culture.

Mrs Nwadishi said the essence of the school competition was to preserve the language of the indigenous people of the FCT through the integration of dance, poetry and drama in some selected secondary school in the Territory.

“The objective is to create awareness amongst young persons on the values and culture of the original inhabitants of the FCT as the component of the competition is poetry and arts depicting the original inhabitants of the FCT “.

Nwadishi said the project was a very important aspect of the projects being implemented with the support of MacArthur Foundation, through the Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED)

 The Executive Director of the organization said while carrying out a baseline study, the group found out that most students did not understand the culture of the indigenous tribes of the FCT.

Secretary, Garki Traditional Council, Mr Lazarus Nyaholo, underscored the need for the sustenance of the customs and tradition of the indigenous tribes in the FCT.

“It is really an advantage for the children to really know about  the FCT as most people do not know there are actually original inhabitants before the creation of the FCT, he said.

Festivals we used to have to showcase our culture are no longer held because we cannot access some of those cultural heritages due to the construction and creation of Abuja as the seat of power”.

Mr Nyaholo therefore appealed to the relevant authorities to respect the customs and tradition of the original inhabitants of the FCT.

Reporting by Ebere Ukeje; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu