GOOD CULTURES

Traditional Wrestling

Many good cultures, traditional dance, traditional marriage, masquerades, dance competitions, new yam festival, fishing festival, traditional indoor and outdoor games, etc. were practiced in Africa in the past with some practiced today. They are good in that they bring lots of joy, happiness and healthy living to the people. They also bring good friendliness and inter community relationship among Africans. Good African cultures bring out the colour, enhance exposure of Africa and a showcase od great cultural heritage to other parts of the world.




Unfortunately, Good cultures in Africa have not fared very well with the advent of Civilization, education and the coming of Modern religions (Christianity and Islam). Example of this can be noticed where Masquerade Dance is no longer big fun as it used to be in the old days. It is even completely stopped in some communities; New yam festival is no longer carried out in many communities; Etc.

 

SOME AFRICA’S GOOD CULTURES

Traditional Wrestling:
This is one of the traditional sports in African and is carried out mainly by young and energetic youths. In many towns, the sport is taken very seriously and of great importance. Yearly competitions between communities are staged. Before each year’s competition, each community select and prepare their wrestler who will represent them. They have to present their best man because victory is of great price and importance. … READ MORE

Masquerade Dance:
Masquerade dance is a common culture in Africa . Four main types of masquerade are identified by the roles they play: those who embody deities or nature spirits and to whom sacrifice is made to assure the fertility of land and people, those who embody the ancestral spirits, those who placate the spirits through their dance, and those who perform principally as entertainers. …. READ MORE




Traditional Marriage:
In Africa, marriage is seen as a great institution, a ceremony of union between two people, the bride and the groom, that is to be blessed by the gods. That is why it is always celebrated like no other. This takes stages from the day the man sees the girl of his choice, to the day he takes his parents to go and see the parents of the girl informing them of his intention to marry their daughter, to the day the girl goes for ‘visiting’ at the man’s family house. The main day is the day of the Final traditional wedding, popularly known as ‘Igba Nkwu’ or Nkwu ukwu [Big wine day] in the eastern part of Nigeria. …. READ MORE

New Yam Festival:
Yam is a large root vegetable that looks like a tube. People often confuse a yam with a sweet potato. Yams come from Africa while sweet potatoes are from Asia. In Igboland, the occasion of Iri-ji (new-yam eating) is a cultural festival because of its significance. It is a day of merriment and great happiness, a day everybody have been waiting for [After the months of hard labour and expectancy for the yam to mature, nobody is allowed to harvest and eat until it is announced, a day to eat [hence, the new yam festival day]. … READ MORE 

Unique Welcome:
The Unique Welcome, the warm and cheerful manner characterized in the way Africans welcome their visitors, is one of many good culture Africans are blessed with. The unique way they warmly, happily welcome their visitors, I think surpasses all other parts. Sometimes, a visitor’s needs comes first. … READ MORE




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