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Cultural Day: We don’t want our students to experience culture shock—Barovbe
By Charles Oviri
THE Director of Westminster College Lagos, Chief Johnson Barovbe has said that, the College recently organised a cultural and variety day to expose the students to the various cultures of the different ethnic groups in the country, saying that, the school does not want the students to experience culture shock if they found themselves outside their environment and cultural domains.
He said culture shock is a situation when people find it difficult to adapt or adjust to the culture of their new environment.
Chief Johnson Barovbe made this statement during the cultural and variety day held by the school/college recently. He described culture as the way of life of people or community, saying that, the cultural day was to avail the students of the opportunity to know the various cultures in the country.
According to him “Most of the students don’t really know much about where they are from in the first place, and so, the school want to use the cultural day to make students and parents to be aware that they are from certain parts of the country.
He said that, the cultural day will also expose the students to the mode of dressing, food, language and the different cultural marriages of the people; stressing that, “those are the aspect of culture the school wants to portray and the parents are very excited about it.”
Barovbe informed that the cultural day started with the primary section, and because the children were excited about it, they impressed it on their parents to know where they are from and the foods they eat, adding that, the previous cultural day celebration by the school made some of the students to know the types of foods associated with some of the ethnic groups in the country.
He maintained that, as an institution most of the teachers don’t even know the villages they come from, because most of them were born and brought up in Lagos.
Barovbe said as the promoters of the school, they are happy by making the students to know the various culture in the country “so that in future if they are posted for NYSC or secured employment outside their environment they would not have culture shock, because culture shock gives lot of danger signals in people” adding that “I don’t want the children to have such experience when they are posted to other parts of the country for national assignments or employment.
He noted that the study of different Nigerian languages in the school is part of culture, adding that “We teach Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa up to WAEC level.
He urged government at all levels to take the study of indigenous languages in school seriously, disclosing that, Urhobo language is going to be part of papers for the West African Examination Council (WAEC). It has been approved and adopted. Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Efik are there already.”
He however warned that too much attachment to culture can as well destroy a nation.”Tribalism can make whoever in position of authority to employ only people from his ethnic nationality, and that is not what we are teaching here, we are making the students and teachers to know their culture” he said.
The major ethnic groups represented with presentations in drama and dance is Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and South-South geo-political zones.
A presentation of speech on culture was made by Miss Olayiwola Raadat, the deputy senior prefect of the college.
The drama presentation depicts how traditional marriages are being conducted in the various ethnic groups across the country.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance includes; Chief and Chief (Mrs.) Johnson Barovbe, Mr. and Mrs. Ufford, Mr. Francis Ewherido, Chief Bright Akpinoko, Chief Wilson Okpubigho, Mrs. Awofeso, Mrs. Kosoni, Mr. Brugba Barovbe, Mr. Onoriode Barovbe and Mrs. Josephine Adebayo. Others are; Mrs. Alli, Dr. and Mrs. Agbatu, Mrs. Onyeka, Mr. Memesi Famous and several others.