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The imposition of foreign cultures has destroyed many African countries – Lai Mohammed | The Guardian Nigeria News

The adoption of foreign cultures, traditions and religions is the basis of the destruction of many African countries.

The statement was made by Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the opening of the sixth edition of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He said if the African continent had been left alone with its culture, tradition and religion, it would have developed better and at its own pace.

During an interview he granted to journalists present at the summit, the minister stressed the importance of culture and its industry for the development, civilization, economy, stability and security of nations.

A transcript of the interview was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday by Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media).

Adeyemi is attached to the office of the Minister of Information and Culture.

“When we think back to what happened to us in Africa, we see that by trying to bring in a new religion, they destroyed our cultures.

“By destroying our cultures, they have not only destroyed our ways of life, but also the essence of our lives.

“Most of the destruction on the African continent today is due to this action,” the minister was quoted as saying.

Mohammed also told reporters that a play written by Nobel laureate Professor Whole Soyinka, “Death and the King’s Horseman” captured the essence of the destruction of African cultures and traditions by the incursion. colonial.

“In the play you would see that the British colonialists just didn’t understand why the king’s horseman had to die with the king and he was arrested.

“By arresting him, they thought they were protecting him without knowing that they were destroying the whole cultural and traditional ecosystem,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed also noted that the medicines and health systems of African countries were rooted in their cultures, but instead of the colonialists understanding them, they were scared and destroyed their essence.

The minister stressed that the summit was timely because it was centered on diversity and equality of cultures and peoples.

He said that from the submissions of participants in the event, the world realized that people and their cultures can be diverse, but they should be treated equally.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit was themed “Culture and a Sustainable Future”.

He emphasized the urgency of building an investment plan for the future.