Loss of traditional values responsible for Africa’s woes- Ooni of Ife

Loss of traditional values responsible for Africa’s woes- Ooni of Ife

The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that the loss of culture, values and tradition is responsible for the numerous challenges facing Africa.

The monarch made this assertion when he delivered the 2015/2016 annual lecture of the School of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Lagos in Lagos.

The theme of the lecture was: “Redefining the Role of Traditional Institutions for National Development.”

The King said it was saddening that African culture and tradition are gradually giving way to westernization in several aspects.

He also noted that most of the things borrowed from the western culture had confused the thinking and way of life of Africans.

“There is nothing wrong borrowing from another.But the truth is that such things that are borrowed need to be properly aligned and harmonized in such a way that it will not affect our own way of life.

“Before the colonial masters came, they met our culture, tradition and kingship system; the way our affairs were being directed. By that time, there were no boundaries and yet kingdoms and territories were secured and we all had respect for one another.”

The monarch said Africa was  remained the centre of the world and must strive to trace and reclaim its lost tradition.

 

 


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