“You have to stay true to your heritage; that is what your brand is all about” Alice Temperly.
The western culture is universally accepted as a way of life for most people as the influence can be seen in almost every country of the world today. The question however is, does being modern mean we have to disengage totally from our own culture?
I always mention in my posts that parents are the first teachers that children come in contact with; therefore it is our duty to teach our children about our cultures in depth. The responsibility of preserving our culture which includes our language, arts, style and fashion, music, food and eating habits, greetings and manners, etc. is our responsibility
English is the language of instruction in schools, therefore, children will understand and be able to speak English language fluently. Have you ever thought about what will happen to our local dialects if we refuse to speak them? I know it is more convenient to use a language that is easy to understand for effective communication purposes between parents and children, but the truth is, English language did not just become easy for children to understand and speak because children are not born with the capacity to speak a particular language, they are taught by what they hear constantly. So, if you don’t teach and speak your local language to your children, who will? English language is fast becoming our mother tongue, as a result; it has affected the names we give our children too.
Nowadays, it is very common to hear foreign names ranging from English to Irish to Mexican names being given to children. I am honestly not against this because my children have meaningful, super cool Irish names too (the names didn’t make it to their birth certificates as only two spaces are provided for the first and middle name). What puzzles me however is, it is very uncommon to hear a British call his child Ebere, Abayomi, Larai, Efeotobore, Eweleke, etc. despite the great meanings behind these names except he/she married a Nigerian.
I just want to implore us to be proud of who we are. One sure way to preserve our culture is by teaching our children our local language as well as giving and calling our children by their traditional names.