Mrs Saidat Otulana, Director, Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture (LSCAC), on Thursday advised students to embrace the nation’s culture and confidently speak their indigenous languages to connect with history.
Otulana gave the advice during the 2019 Lagos State Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools held at the LSCAC Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos
She said that identifying with the nation’s culture enabled an individual to connect with history.
According to her, the ability to connect with history gives him the opportunity to proffer solutions to current and future societal problems.
She urged the students to speak their indigenous languages confidently in public as this would give them identity.
“I am proud of who I am today as a Yoruba woman; speak your language, practice your culture and be proud of your identity.
“This competition is organised for you to familiarise yourselves with your culture.
“Take your language seriously, be confident of it, refuse to be brainwashed into feeling that your language is inferior, it is your identity.
“Your culture and language distinguish you in public because they impose some level of confidence in you as an individual,” she said.
NAN reports that Government Senior Model College, Ikorodu, won the competition; Bolade Senior Grammar School, Oshodi, came second, while Eko Akete Junior College, Agege came third.
Government Senior Model College, Ikorodu will represent Lagos State in the National Culture Quiz Competition at the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) scheduled for Benin in November.
At the competition, 118 students from nine schools within Lagos State took part in the quiz which centred on music, language, literature, arts, current affairs, culture and tourism.
The other schools are Ansa-ur-deen College, Isolo; King Ado Senior High School, Junior Model College, Ikorodu; Agidingbi Senior Grammar School, Ikeja; Lagos State Senior Model College and Badagry Senior Grammar School, Badagry.
Mr Ganiyu Bello, the students’ Coordinator for Ansa-ur-deen College, Isolo, said that the moderators and judges expressed high sense of fairness during the competition.
Bello said that in the course of the competition, the students had learnt a lot about the history of the state, Nigeria and Africa at large. (NAN)
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