Students at tertiary institutions across the country, under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), have called for concerted efforts to preserve African culture from Western influence.
The students also stressed the need for collaboration to prevent the extinction of African culture.
This was contained in a statement by the Chairman of NANS Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Samuel Olalere.
Olalere had taken some members of the association on a courtesy visit to the general manager of Culturati Academy, Mr. Idris Aregbe.
Culturati Academy focuses on the promotion, advancement and projection of Africa’s rich cultural diversity, in its pursuit of development.
According to Olalere, “The many challenges facing the continent, especially Nigeria, require local solutions, as the Western techniques being deployed are not as effective as traditional tools.
“Culture is a powerful driver of development with community-wide social, economic and environmental impacts.
“Our way of life as Africans is unique and we must work diligently to preserve it.
“Our values related to environmental stewardship and our interactions with the natural environment are primarily influenced by our culture; therefore, we must strive to know and promote who we are as Africans,” he added.
In response, Aregbe suggested measures that could be deployed to improve students’ entrepreneurial skills.
He said these skills should be converted into financial gains to build self-reliance and relevance.
Aregbe also highlighted the visions of the Culturati Academy and the opportunities for young Africans.
Also speaking, the President of the Students Union, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, Mr Nurudeen Oladejo, expressed his satisfaction with the opportunities.
He said African culture promotes hard work, fairness and responsibility, and recommended its integration into school curricula.