A Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, has called for the promotion and preservation of the culture of the original inhabitants of the FCT.
The Executive Director of the Organization, Miss Faith Nwadishi stated this at the Grand Finale of Schools Cultural Competition on the Original Inhabitants of the FCT Culture.
Miss Nwadishi who noted that the project was funded by the MacArthur foundation, was aimed at resuscitating the dying culture and demanded environmental friendly practices from the mining companies.
“The Competition is set to involve the younger ones, educate them on the culture of the indigenous people of the FCT, and make them understand the history of the land and its people by recreating it through Art forms.” She stated
The Communications Director for the Resource Centre For Human Rights and Civic Education CHRICED, Mr Armsfree Ajanaku said the protection of the socio-economic and cultural rights of the Original Inhabitants of the FCT through the use of art was necessary.
“Culture is the way of life and it is also a big aspect in promoting the way of life of the Original Inhabitants of the FCT because if you take away a people’s culture you have taken away every aspect of their rights and the use of Art , has been used to depict the crushing contradiction of the people who did so much but are getting so little in return “.
Some of the participants in the Original Inhabitants of the FCT school cultural competition said they would continue to showcase their unique culture.
“Although the process was stressful but from what I have learnt, it has exposed me about the cultural way of life of the Original inhabitants of the FCT particularly the Bassa and Koro people”. They noted
Highpoint of the event was school cultural competition aimed at educating the youths on the values and culture of the nine tribes of the FCT.
Reporting by Ebere Ukeje; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Julian Osamoto