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.
lamented the consistent fall in morals and values across the country, tracing
it to failure to promote indigenous languages and cultures.
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 genesis of the many crises plaguing Nigeria to the neglect of heritages and
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 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.
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
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.
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