“I am an African, not because I was born in Africa but because Africa is born in me.” – Kwame Nkrumah
I am a proud African woman.
Spending time in Nigeria has opened up a unique curiosity to learn more about my culture, heritage and traditions.
On Saturday October 20th, 2018, I had the privilege of attending Mama Africa Event by Love FM 104.5 also known as Crowther Radio. This radio station promotes good family values with a mix of both urban and local contents.
Mama Africa was created to promote Nigerian culture in the community. This event was an opportunity for Nigerians from different tribes to come together and share their culture and traditions.
Nigeria has one of the most diverse ethnic groups. We have 250 ethnic groups. The most populous and politically influential include: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%. Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, and over 500 additional indigenous languages.
During this event, we got to see attires from various tribes through a fashion parade as well as guests dressed in their native attire.
The event also featured traditional music and dance.
The MCs were amazing and worked hand in hand to ensure the program was lively and entertaining.
The first lady of Love FM, Mrs. Angela Ohuabunwa gave a very insightful speak about the importance of teaching African values in the home.
One of the things that she mentioned was spending time teaching our children our language and understanding the significance of traditional practices. I believe this is very important because we’re losing our language as we advance to the western way of life. It’s very important to not forget our roots as we advance in life. I believe teaching and using our language is a practice that we should embrace and not be ashamed of. No matter how far you go, your culture will always be a part of you.
There were several vendors at Mama Africa event such as hair, make up, food and clothing stands.
I learned so much at the Mama Africa event and I encourage you to be curious about your culture as well as the cultures of other people. Knowledge and understanding promotes an inclusive community.
I hope you found this blog insightful. Thanks for reading beauties! Until next time, you can keep up with me on Instagram @iam_Deborah.