The school teaches students about Nigeria’s cultural heritage
The school teaches students: Mr. Eric Van Der Merwe, the Principal of Chrisland Schools in Lagos, adds that the Language, Arts, and Culture Day provides an opportunity to remind students of Nigeria’s rich cultural legacy.
Merwe, speaking during the event hosted at the school’s Opebi campus, bemoaned the fact that many students were unaware of their culture.
“Nigeria has one of the world’s best cultures, which is why I’ve been back in Nigeria for the past 11 years. As a school, we’ve learned that many children are unaware of their heritage and culture, which is why this event is being held. This is an annual event that the school has done well in order to keep kids connected to their roots,” he said.
The subject of the event, which included a fashion parade, dances, and other performances reflecting the cultures of the country’s six geopolitical zones, dramas, and a local cuisine fair, was “One Root, Many Branches.”
Olufunke Rekiya Hassan of the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Authority, who was a special guest at the event, lauded Chrisland High School for its commitment to the promotion of culture.
We must promote and showcase our culture, not simply as a question of personal tastes or aesthetics, but as a common national identity. I commend the organizers, Chrisland Schools, for acting as stewards of our rich cultural heritage, which is one of our most valuable assets,’ she said.
Oba Olusegun Adeyemi Ajasa, Awuse of Onigbongbo Kingdom; Mrs Mofoluke Oluwasanmi of the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture; and Mrs Osayande Osaro of the Centre for Black African Art and Civilisation were also present at the occasion.
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