BENIN CITY – An author, Ose Golden Okungbowa has lamented the drift in the preservation of the Benin cultural heritage.
Speaking at the weekend in Benin City at the unveiling of the project, preservation of Heritage in Benin-City. This he said are noticeable in the speech, dressing and other activities of the people.
He said the project was borne out of the desire to curtail this trend.
The initiator of the preservation of Heritage stressed the need to preserve the cultural heritage of the people for the coming generation saying failure to do so would amount to total loss of identity.
The project, he said is also aimed at changing the psyche of media organisation in projecting Western culture at the detriment of indegenous culture. Ose Golden noted that “we can attract tourism by projecting our culture hence the need to advocate our culture through the use of our indigenous language, arts, crafts and music, food, folktales, dressing, marriage, monuments, values, leadership institutions and respect for authorities and religion through the traditional means of worship”.
Like the Calabar festival which is recognized in the events calendar of the state, Ose Golden advocated for a holiday to be carved out in Edo State which is geared towards the celebration of culture in Edo State where the different festivals, costumes and way of life of the Edo State people is exposed to the western world which would in turn expose the tourism potential of Edo State as well as act as a money spinner because hotels would be booked and souvenirs bought at designated venues.
It will be recalled that the Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole through the Commissioner of Arts and Culture Barrister Vincent Akhere promised to replicate same in the state though “EDOFEST”.
To actualize his vision, the Heritage project would come in phases, the first being the lecture on the preservation of Heritage, securing our future through culture and the launch of the anthology “Ripples from the Deep”
The second phase coming up on August 22, 2009 would focus on preservation of Heritage, the “Dignity of Womanhood”, and the presentation of the book “Survival in the Wilderness of life” which would reflect the dangers associated with trafficking in human persons. This would be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs. The third phase would be a music fiesta as well as the presentation of prizes and award in respect of an ongoing essay competition in secondary schools.
Ayo Babalola, the Divisional Police Officer, Esigie police station was on hand to unveil the book “Ripples from the deep” an anthology of poems while poems were later read to guests by Moses Eromosele and Mr. Ikeke.
Other dignitaries at the occasion were Isi Iyooha who represented the Hon. Commissioner for Education Edo State Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Osareren, Chief Patrick Eholor and Etiosa Uyigue amongst others.