Naa Dr. Francis Mwin-iremeh Danikuu II, Chief of Fielimuo has kicked against the adoption of foreign cultures by Ghanaians which has led to the eroding of many cultural heritage in Ghana.
He says the continuous emulation of foreign cultures will create room for ones culture to diminish to nothing adding that, clans who rely on the diminished culture become extinct and will definitely be seen as useless.
“When one’s cultural heritage erodes or diminishes to nothing, the clans relying on that cultural heritage become extinct. The clans become useless, a disgrace, without focus, with no sense of belonging and unable to trace ancestral roots. Such clans become a laughing stalk in the eyes of the public. Most importantly, development slows down as one has to learn a foreign culture to start with. The cultural heritage inherited from our fore fathers and mother’s is unique, and well placed in society and we must not only be proud of it, but enhance it by adding value and improving upon it” he stated.
He says, most Ghanaians who have been to the European land stand to give more glory to their culture by developing more appetite for their foods and even start teaching and speaking the foreign languages to their wards to the detriment of the beautiful cultural heritage in Ghana.
“We must stop the disgraceful tendency of adopting foreign cultures because our culture is equally important as that of the outside world. It is not only footballers, but most people who travel to European countries, return Europeanizing their speech and eating habits as if Ghanaian language and foods are not important. Ghana produces one of the most nutritious rice but most of us prefer polish rice imported from abroad leaving the locally produced ones without market”
The Chief made this known at this year’s Kukur Bagr festival celebrated by the Chiefs and people of the Fielimuo traditional area. It is celebrated to mark the end of the farming season and to thank God and their ancestors for giving them a bumper harvest and protecting them through out the farming season.
Naa Danikuu uses the occasion and appealed to government to come to their aid by completing the abandoned Hamile-Tumu road to ease mobility adding that, Fielimuo and its environs would have been much grateful if a health center could have been situated in Fielimuo to boost health delivery in the area.
Meanwhile, Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih, addressing the Chiefs and people, charges traditional authorities to help preserve the rich culture in the region for generations unborn to embrace and was quick to add that, cultural practices that are outmoded and frowned upon by the constitution of Ghana should be eliminated.
On roads, the Minister revealed that he was in the known of the deplorable nature of roads in the area indicating that, he has received petitions from the Sissala Youth Forum that he forwarded to the president. He was emphatic that, the contractor on the Hamile-Tumu road which passes through Fielimuo will be back on site as he has been paid the needed amount to get him back on site.
“I am aware of the deplorable nature of the roads in this area, I have recently received a petition from the Sissala Youth Forum on the fixing of roads within the Sissala enclave and that includes Fielimou, I have subsequently submitted the petition to H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo but thank God H.E the president of the republic of Ghana has declared 2020 as the year of roads. I am hopeful that roads in the Upper West Region will be given the necessary attention. I am pleased to announce that the contractor working on the Hamile-Tumu road shall resume very soon because he has received payment” he stated.
By: Saeed Fatawu|myradiowaa.com|92.1fm|