Parents in yoruba land have been urged to find ways of ensuring that children embrace the culture and traditions of the race. This was made known in a statement in Akure over the weekend
The newly elected President of Oodua Youth Movement (OYM), Prince Usman Bamidele, gave the charge after his emergence as the leader of the group in Ondo state capital.
The group bemoaned the rate at which young Yoruba young people promote foreign cultures at the expense of the race’s traditional values.
Prince Bamidele states; “I think we should all be proud of the Yoruba cultural heritage. Our culture is rich and superior in a number of other cultures. But unfortunately, we are losing everything to our colonial mentality. One of the evils of colonialism is the erosion of our cultural values.
He decried the attitude of parents towards the Yoruba language, “The Yoruba Language and its dialects are facing a serious threat of extinction. Parents no longer see any value in speaking the language to their children. We’ve mistaken proficiency in the English language for genuine education.”
Continuing he said, Our traditional festivals and religions, as well as our medicines, are treated with disdain. Only our fashion seems to have survived the colonial onslaught.”
OYM hailed the appointment of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) National Coordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, as the new Are Ona Kakanfo of the Yoruba Kingdom by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
The statement charged Adams to use his new position to strengthen the unity and ensure the development of Yoruba race.
Prince Bamidele said the group would continue to support any move that is in the interest of the region.