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Soyinka Laments Declining Cultural Values

Soyinka Laments Declining Cultural Values

The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday

lamented the consistent fall in morals and values across the country, tracing

it to failure to promote indigenous languages and cultures.

Soyinka Laments Declining Cultural Values

Soyinka, who said this in Ibadan, called for conscious efforts at preserving

the culture and tradition of the Nigerian people.


was the Special Guest of Honour at the inauguration of Odu’a Hall of Fame and

Museum at Cocoa House, Ibadan organised by the Odu’a Investment Company


The scholar

the genesis of the many crises plaguing Nigeria to the neglect of heritages and


He traced

speaking at the occasion, Akinwumi Ishola, Emeritus Professor of Yoruba and

foremost writer, called on stakeholders in Yorubaland to be more committed to

the preservation of Yoruba culture, language and monuments.


need to right the wrongs. With this initiative (hall and museum) I see the

beginning of Yoruba technology. I am happy that appeal had been made earlier on

the need to develop our culture.

“There is

there is one negative aspect, not just Ibadan, not just the South-West, but the

country and its institutions just went into downward spin, including the

Premier University (University of Ibadan).


have seen today shows that things are being brought into proper shape. We can

say that Cocoa House is the contemporary Opa Oranyan of the Yorubas,” the

Yoruba Professor said.

“But what I

sad that there is a need for the promotion of “Omoluabi culture” which, he

said, means that a child must differentiate between right and wrong.

Mr. Ishola

find a way of teaching the younger generation the Yoruba language. Let writers

write folk tales and short stories that could be developed into cartoon,” he


“Odu’a must

his welcome address, the Chairman of Odu’a Group, Sarafadeen Alli, explained

that their belief on the dire need to preserve the Yoruba history informed the

setting up of the museum and the hall of fame.

Earlier in

museum stocks objects of historical or artistic value that relate to the


He said the

a good place for researchers, school children, tourists and whoever wants to

learn more about Yoruba indigenous culture,” he noted.

“It will be

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