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Declining Interest In Nigerian Culture! What Is Responsible?

One cant but wonder what wld be left of our culture in the future(say 200years).

With d way children are are raised nowadays in Nigeria, we pay more respect to western culture,

We find western culture trendier than ours(food, clothin,language etc)

NIgerian culture may cease to exist in the future.

The problem is dt western culture is really not compatible with african thinkin, personality etc

i think inferiority cmplex is pushing us to embrace western culture this much

what do u'l think?

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I guess we are very late to this thread but what really is Nigerian Culture?

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was there a Nigerian culture in the first place, Nigeria has it's national pride but Nigerian culture maybe with food I guess but besides that it is complex. There is tribal culture in Nigeria, You can't compare Hausa culture with Igbo culture, it is impossible. I think some tribes favor foreign culture over their own while other favor their own culture over foreign, while respecting the foreign culture. So When it comes to declining culture it depends on what tribe you speak to because it is different from one tribe compared to the next.

As for me I appreciate my culture more for the fact I was born in the western world, so I grew to respecting and cherishing it more. I feel some youths in Nigeria are taking it for granted in Nigeria, if they know how black diasporians are treated in the western world and stripped of their identity, wishing they had a portion of what they had they would appreciate it more.

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@Poster I won't speak reagarding Nigerians (I'm not Nigerian but I see the same in my own culture and other's) however the case is very much all over the developing world. It comes from a mentality that the already developed world is our role model and so emulating what they do makes us more like them! Of course it doesn't help when in the media all we see is how good and forward everything in the western world is and how poor and backward the Eastern world is. To an impressionable mind that says to be more like the west and you'll achieve what they have. All this then results in a major loss of culture and pride in their heritage.

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@Topic,

Education, Evolution, and Change are the major influences.

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This is so true and the last bolded part had me LMAO!!

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Aint a damn thing wrong with america!!!!

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when u do go to america and see the hordes of obese people u wonder where people like halle berry reside. all na marketing bros !

It's called "Hollywood", we here born and raised in America know that stars starve themselves to the point of death to look like Halle Berry. TV adds 10 pounds to you, so she you know she looks like a crackhead in person. The hordes of obese people is a result of a nation that has too much food and people eat the wrong combinations of food. As far as Nigerian culture, especially the beauty, I want to see more African women wear the ethnic hairstyles and stop wearing all the ridiculous weave that you see them wearing. You know it's fake because their real hair is nappy as hell and the fake hair is smooth. There are more African American sistas that wear their hair in its natural state.

People should stop trying to fit in and just be themselves. That's what used to be beautiful about this country; the diversity; it gave people here something to look forward to. Now when you see African, especially Nigerians, as far as the speech and mannerism, you can't tell them apart from the African Americans. That's why I chose to marry a Nigerian because of the culture of respect for family and older people but I don't even see that anymore.

When people from other countries come to the states they continue thier culture, they have their own schools, stores, churches, etc. But, I see more and more Africans trying to be Americanized, ghetto, acting like they from the hood and don't even understand what the hood life is about.

It is the Africans responsibilty to continue their cultural upbringing so that we as African Americans better understand each other and the great culture that our ancestors were stripped of.

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speaking as an African American, it means being true to yourself and not trying to fit in with the norm. I can see Nigerians falling off here in America, but in Nigeria, No. The Nigerian culture is a beautiful one. What I see a lot of times is Nigerians wanting their children to fit in at school and they tolerate bad behavior. Also, the way the system is set in the US, you can not just spank your child, you may end up in jail. My husband (who is Nigerian) and I plan to send our twins to Nigeria when they come of age so that they can be emersed in the culture and language (Yoruba). Do I need to rethink?

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^^^

when u do go to america and see the hordes of obese people u wonder where people like halle berry reside. all na marketing bros !

funny but true

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why the declining interest in nigerian culture and not an opportunity to rant about why things are not right

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you're muddling things up, friend.

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Culture culture culture, why do we elude our selves of the reality on ground.Culture is not Dbanj's or Asa's song or just native wear or the salutation.Culture is a way of life of a people.what's our way of life here?, for 40 + years we have not been able to define the true tenets of who we are as a people.

An elder in Nigeria steals public funds and tells the younger generation that they have derailed, which is accepted in our culture? the MTV effect or the stealing acts.

Until Nigerians define a true identity and a well definite blue print for our selves as a people and what we call culture becomes relative to our growth, poverty alleviation, better living, and a sincere purpose and desire towards nation building, , we would just be fooling our selves over and over and over.

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my take on this is quite multifaceted. it is a mixture of the following below;

1. americanisation of the world through music, movies, fashion, sex, drugs, rock and roll

2. inferiority complex of nigerians who believe that anything west is best

3. state of the country. if it was better more people will have more interest

4. parents. they have a vital role to play in the formative years. can you imagine some dumb parents forbid their kids from speaking their local language at home or in public? it has to be english english english. ko da rara.

to complete this i AM very very proud of nigeria and dont hesitate to explain our culture and wear our clothes when its not winter ! God bless Asa, Nomoreloss, tuface, dbanj, femi kuti, p square and many others for flying the flag. God bless Nigeria always.

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pls dont find flaws acting like u dont know what we mean!

nigerian culture=ethnics culture i.e. yoruba culture+igbo culture+ hausa etc

kulyie

No culture is perfect, every one has its flaws, dt u feel there's something wrong about a culture doesn't make it all wrong and doesn't make another perfect.

[quote][/quote] YOU ARE D MAN[b][/b]

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okay yes culture is dynamic,

yes culture can be imported and exported .

i'm just wondering why we are always on the importing end.

Having imported clothes, fuel, food, etc must we import culture as well.

Have heard never-travelled-nigerians speak with american accent dy see on tv, speak d informal american english-"we was" etc never heard of americans speakin our inf pidgin.

I dont want to agree that its happening everywhere, americans copy britons/europians or vice versa sometimes asians(martial arts) , indians (music) a lot of mixing is going on here and there but it seems no one is gooing after "AFRICANS". Our culture seems to be going down d drain.

pls dont find flaws acting like u dont know what we mean!

nigerian culture=ethnics culture i.e. yoruba culture+igbo culture+ hausa etc

kulyie

No culture is perfect, every one has its flaws, dt u feel there's something wrong about a culture doesn't make it all wrong and doesn't make another perfect.

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Well what is even Nigerian culture sef.

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westernization + too much TV dats wat makin us lose ourselves

u hav got 2 admire d Europeans

dey still keep there culture alive,

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roforofo, you have spoken well but blaming our leaders alone i think is not the answer.

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Amaka, I don't know you started listening to Naija music, but I really doubt the sound will change to being like American. The reason is that the first generation of contemporary Naija music, mid 90s to early 2000s sounded like American, like it was almost a clone of American music, and it flopped heavily, locally and internationally. Nigerians did not embrace and, of course, foreigners did not embrace it also. Later, artists started using more indigenous beats heavily laced with pidgin and mostly Yoruba and sometimes Ibo, and the music has now become popular because of its authenticity.

So I doubt that artists will revert back to a style--the American style-- that have been proven not to work. That will be plain silly, and Nigerians are not that silly. Also can you name specifically 3 popular artists that you think their song sounds too American.

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@THE.AMAKA

I WISH YOU MEERY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

@POSTER

WHAT IS CULTURE

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all of this MTV and their nonsense is poisoning Nigeria.

even about 8 months ago i was thinking about how Mnet Africa shows a lot of shows from the US.

i even heard another cable provider was showing shows like Real World and Real and Chance of Love or something like that.

all i could think was "WTF DOES THIS CRAP HAVE TO DO WITH NIGERIA AND WHY ARE THEY POISONING OUR PEOPLE?"

even shows like Big Brother Africa have followed suit in that disgusting habit.

so like i said, TV in Nigeria is heavily western influenced and the music seems to be turning that way too.

we are surely doomed.

I'll give Nigeria and a lot of African Countries 30 years before you start seeing people that were born and raised their whole life in Nigeria but can't speak their own tongue (I'm guilty and i can't speak my own tongue but i was born here in the states and never picked up the language when spoken to me as a child)

some of our prized traditions might be looked at as "Wrong" and some people stop practicing it because its not what the west is doing.

even my mom was telling me a month or so that the pastor in our church in the village said our Oghu or Ogwu culture was wrong and demonic (our festive celebration during rainy season where the boys wear white and dance for money while masquerades fill the place. lasts usually 45 days) and that its against our religion. can you believe that shizz? he brings his imported Christianity and tries to wipe out the culture and traditions that were existing LONG before Mr. Whitey came with his bible. Yes I'm a Christian but there are times where i will draw the line.

everyone was signing the petition to get him out of our church and i think they are still looking for a new pastor.

rubbish man.

well that was my 2 cents! lol

i wanna keep it alive though and not let all this new useless people change the face of naija music for me.

thats the only way i really identify with it. I LOVE IT THE WAY IT IS!! if it starts sounding too much like american crap, it just becomes the same old thing to me. nothing authentic. nothing that will make me wanna show my friends and say "this is some naija ish right here" lol

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foreign movies, for sure. and foreign music too are the cause.

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not only Nigerian culture

its a worldwide phenomenon

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@ poster

10years i would have agreed with your point

Now most people listen to naija musicians, play naija songs at their wedding instead of western songs, thanks to people keeping our tradition alive by incorporating either an indigeneous language, style and so on

look at big artists back home

d'banj uses yoruba and pidgin

9ice uses heavy yoruba

nigga raw use igbo and pidgin

lagbaja keeps it 100 etc

so we are very much interested in our culture

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in that long time,the world will go cyber,that includes 9ja

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Is there anything like 'nigerian' culture?

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I'm not aware of any declining interest in Nigerian culture.

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IMO CULTURE SHOULDN'T BE SYNONYMOUS WITH COUNTRY.

CULTURE IS OF A PEOPLE , THEIR WAY OF LIFE,LANG,FOOD,ETC

WE ARE NOT GETTIN BACK AT THE COUNTRY BY DISCARDING OUR CULTURE AND PROMOTIN WESTERN ESPECIALLY WHEN WE CAN NOT REALLY PRACTICE THEIRS.

THEIRS IS GOING TO POLLUTE/INFECT/CORRUPT OUR MINDS.

THE COUNTRY REMAINS OURS WHETHER WHATEVER!

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Certainly ---  they do NOT feel obligated to a Country that has neglected and dejected their every need. They as a people feel betrayed.

Subconsciously they think, how can they transfer the culture of a country that has not supported them.

How do they teach their children the values of a country that has abandoned them---- its very complex

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^^^kinda get ur point

so they are like gettin back at the country or what.?

well even those dt live here still neglect our culture

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I get what you mean BUT its a larger issue than you are stating.

Some people don't feel obligated to a country has not helped them or assisted them in any manner. More than half of Nigerians live abroad.

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my real concern is this:

americans preserve their culture, asians do, indians also etc,

but nigerians dnt ,

------some families dont even encourage their kids to speak their native languages,

------greet in traditional way, etc

------native language is forbidden in some families,

-----many youths prefer d foreign/western cuisine to our own native dishes

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Culture then were solely about values now we are speaking solely on capitalization of everything FROM culture to RELIGION.

Everything that can be capitalized upon often loses its value and needs to be transformed.

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Hi there soja

well wat i mean is mtv is just an analogy in describing how young people live and wat they aspire to be. If you've noticed, the thing nopw is celeb mania. everyone wants to be young and famous. its about the cars, women, house money, drugs etc.Culture can not get a look in when we talking money.

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the only thing i can think of is the mtv generation syndrome

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