By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Anambra State Library Board in collaboration with Prof. Kenneth Dike Central E-library Awka, have joined other Nigerians in the campaign in raising awareness for the International Mother Tongue Day.
You would recall that, 21st February every year has been set aside internationally, as a day to celebrate Mother Tongue Day.
In Anambra state, the occasion, which held at the Prof. Kenneth E-Library auditorium had in attendance children from different parts of Anambra State, dressed in different attires representing their ethnic groups.
Speaking to the children in attendance at the occasion, Barr. Christopher Owukwau former Director Anambra Library Board encouraged the future leaders not to allow their cultures die or fade away.
Barr. Christopher Owukwau admonished parents for being the reason why most children cannot communicate or understand their mother tongue no matter what part of the world they have the children.
He said, “Even if a child is given birth outside the country or in a different region, it is the duty of parents to make sure that their offspring learn how to speak their mother talk”.
The retired Director, pleaded with the state government to continue its good works in been supportive to the board in lifting the standard of the Igbo language and culture.
Fielding questions from journalists present, Mr Eze, a staff of Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS) said, “It is very unfortunate for an individual who finds it difficult to express himself in their local dialect stressing that mother tongue is being relegated to the background. He advised Nigerians especially Ndi-Anambra to develop interest in their culture saying that whether one likes it or not, one cannot run away from his identity”.
Mr. Eze praised Governor Willie Obiano led administration for the effort and role been played in making sure that the culture and tradition still stands.
“Every Wednesday of the weekend, secondary schools in Anambra go to school with traditional wears and this is a good way of preserving our heritage”. He said.