Lagos - Veteran actor Norbert Young on Friday
urged children to imbibe the Nigerian indigenous culture to further promote
Nigerian cultural heritage and be responsible Nigerians in the nearest future.
Young gave the advice at the 2015 end of the year children
cultural extravaganza organised by the National Institute for Cultural
Orientation (NICO) .
He said that the essence of reciting the national pledge was
to remind them of the value everything that makes them Nigerians.
The actor who was picked as the role model for the event
said that Nigerian indigenous culture was the identity of every Nigerians
including the children.
He said the pledge was an oath and promise they makes every
day to value their culture.
He urged the children to always be proud of their indigenous
languages, names, food and dresses.
'' As your model for this event, I want you to imbibe your
culture, do not jettison it.
'' It is your origin and identity, promote it by practising
it,'' he said.
Mr Louis Eriomala, the Director of the institute said that
the programme was aimed at sensitizing Nigerians especially school children on
the need to appreciate Nigeria's rich cultural heritage.
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He said children needed to take pride in being Nigerians and
the institute had taken the responsibility of making them appreciate and imbibe
their culture by organising competitions for them.
'' The competitions will enable you to develop more interest
in practising and knowing more about your culture.
'' You need to speak your indigenous languages and be proud
'' Create interest in other Nigerian indigenous languages to
create room for acculturation.
'' Stop attaching Brazillian hair to your hair dos it is not
part of our culture,'' Eriomala said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15 schools
participated in the competitions.
Grannis Children Schools came first in Hairdo and Ayo game
competitions, Bedrock College took first in the cooking competition while
Kosofe Junior High School came first in the debate competition done in Yoruba
Pater Noster Primary School came first in the dress culture