THE RAPID DEATH of TRADITION AND CULTURAL HERITAGE, NORMS AND CUSTOMS IN YORUBA WEST AFRICA.
It’s overwhelming when I think of all we’ve lost and continue to lose and all that we’ve gained and hope to gain as generation after generation believe we continue to grow and become more than we were.
We are so shortsighted to the extent that what we’ve lost and continue to lose far outweighs that which we’ve gained and hope to gain.
The cost of our perceived greatness and notion of progress is the rapid decline and death of our traditions and culture. In the West African community especially, traditions, cultural values and cultural norms has taken a huge blow as most of it’s uniqueness has been lost and driven to take the back seat in the face of civilization, and most of its usefulness has been replaced by alien tradition, customs and culture all in the name of religion, civilization and progress.
Traditional songs, games, stories, lore, folktales, parables, proverbs and beliefs have continued to decline gradually and so rapidly that children no longer have the privilege of dancing in the moonlight, listen to stories from elders and learn all about the traditions of the past.
It’s of no surprise then that so much has gone wrong with the proper upbringing of children in today’s world. All those lores and tales which teach morals have been waved aside for a strange and alien way of life and culture. We should note however that no matter how much we try or aim to inculcate a strange and alien tradition, we would always come short of perfection because it isn’t our true way of life.
THE RAPID DEATH OF LANGUAGE
Due to the fact that English language is the official language rather than a chosen local language in Nigerian West Africa, the so called native language has lost its spark as the English language has taken prominence in the West African society and has continued to be the universal language of the people.
Children are at an early age indoctrinated and instructed on the proper use of English language and as such the mother tongue has lost its place. Many are not allowed to converse in their native dialect within the four walls of the classroom and even outside of it. Speaking a foreign language isn’t a bad thing but losing our own language in place of an alien one is a notion that should leave a bitter taste in our mouths.
Language lives on when there remains people who speak it fluently and understand all aspects of it. Without this, language becomes a shadow of it’s former self and loses its uniqueness which gradually leads to its death and extinction.
All languages should be alluded importance and one shouldn’t be made more important or more influential than other languages.