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Cultural preservation, teaching of history imperative for devt – Osadalor

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Renowned scholar, professor of History and International Studies and Dean of Students, University of Benin, Osarhieme Benson Osadalor has called for cultural preservation and teaching of indigenous languages in our schools.

A scholar of international repute, Osadolor, who has won several laurels, prizes and grants, stated this in an interview with New Telegraph in Lagos. He also noted that teaching of history is imperative for Nigeria’s development.

“My opinion about all of that is let us begin to do what is called cultural preservation, to also teach it in our schools. It is taught in the US and even in Europe. That is why today, in Europe every country insists on the use of its language. If it is a computer, you must use the German language, the French language, English language, Russian language.

You see, if the Russians decide to adopt English for their computer, over time, Russian language will be dead, so, they insist that if you must bring computer to their country you must develop the tools in their language.

Science developed in their language, and that is why it has also aided cultural preservation – the teaching of their language, the study of their language. Like the Arabs, they insist on Arabic. So, why can’t we do a similar thing here? It is all about creating a sense of cultural preservation,” he said.

He added that once that “sense is created for us in this country we will realise that we cannot do anything other than to preserve our culture for generations yet unborn.” On the need for teaching of History in schools, he explained development.

“It teaches us to understand our experiences in the past, what we were confronted with, and how we were able to overcome them, so that even as we are in the present, we are guided by the past. And therefore, we are now able to plan for the future.

That is one aspect and advantage of studying history. “Another aspect has to do with understanding our collective feature as a nation and as a people.

Today, Nigerians talk about politics and government without understanding their history, and therefore we do not have a sense of our national identity, our national character, and our national outlook that would guide us as a people to taking some decisions about our present situations that would lead us to a better future in this country.

“And so, I am worried, very worried about the non-teaching of history in our schools, this is because the younger ones do not understand what is called Nigeria; the younger ones do not also understand how this nation came to be what it is; the younger ones do not know about our past experiences; the younger ones are in the dark concerning how to build the future.

It is only history that will build the compass that would guide all of us, as leaders, the people and various decision makers on how to lead this country to a better future.

I believe George Satiana who said that: ‘Those who fail to remember the past, they are doomed to repeat it. If we don’t learn from the past we will be running the same vicious cycle continuously not knowing what to do with ourselves.

But if we know the past, we will break away from that cycle and move ahead and plan ahead.”

He also noted that “the difference between us and advanced countries of the world – those countries that are developed – is that they know their history; they learn from their past experiences, and they are able to build the future; they think in the future. But we don’t do that here, which is a major problem.

“So, I think it is also important that we study and learn from our past experiences. Look at our national anthem: ‘… the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain…’How do you understand the labour of your heroes in this country without studying them?

Men and women in Nigeria had made enormous contributions to towards national development. They don’t know them; we don’t talk about them; we don’t read about them. So how do we advance this nation without reading about the leaders?

How do you think we will appreciate the leaders of the present and what they are going to do when we don’t remember those who did things in the past? “These are the reasons why I think the teaching of History should be brought back to the school, and syllabus should be designed to prepare text books for students that would learn history.

It is amazing that other parts of the world, they know our history but we don’t know our history neither do we know about other parts of the world. Germany, for example, it is part of their advancement and technological development.

They still study their own history, the history of Europe and other parts of the world, including Africa; and we don’t know anything about it.

Before any European sets out to travel to any part of the world, they learn their history. We don’t here; we just assume that that is the end of the world. So, we encourage government to do something about the teaching of history in our schools.

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Khloe, Kbrule disqualified from BBNaija

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Khloe and Kbrule, housemates in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show, have been disqualified from the show.

This makes them the first set of people to leave the show.

Both were disqualified after they got three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike on Sunday for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

Kbrule then got his third warning strike for using “strong threatening words and attempting to physically harm a fellow housemate”.

Dee One also got his first warning strike for his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his strategic partner.

The first eviction show is supposed to hold on Sunday evening.

18 housemates have been put up for eviction except KSquared, who have now been disqualified, and LeoLex.

Big Brother had told housemates that almost all of them had been nominated for possible eviction because of their repeated failure to adhere to the rules of the house.

Since the housemates are in pairs, two of them may possibly be evicted at the weekend during the live show.

 

 

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BB Naija: Miracle, Nina allegedly having sex, Nigerians react

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Nigerians are currently reacting to Big Brother Naija housemates, Miracle and Nina who appeared to be having intercourse while others were asleep.

Their actions have since elicited different reactions on social media with some saying it is wrong for them to have gone the extra mile while others see nothing wrong in the act labelling those criticising them hypocrites.

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Hot bespoke Asoebi styles

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Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.

 

At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!

 

The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.

 

So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.

 

Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.

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