Okebukola advocates preservation of African cultural heritage

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The former Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola, has stressed the need to adequately equip Nigerian students with skills to prepare them to meet future challenges in the process of turning indigenous practices into profitable ventures.

Okebukola, who spoke at a workshop on the production of black soap, organised by the UNESCO Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU) for students in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Okebukola who is the director of the institute, emphasised the need for Nigeria to leverage on the production of cultural products, such as black soap to nurture creativity and entrepreneurial skills among students.

The professor emeritus also spotlighted the use of cultural goods and services, particularly black soap, as a powerful educational tool that is gaining significant attention worldwide.

Prof Okebukola noted that the younger generation play a crucial role in ensuring the continuity of African cultural legacy.

According to the director, it is imperative to engage young African artists in promoting and safeguarding indigenous practices to pave the way for potential economic gains for the Nigerian society.

His words “In order to maximize the benefits and transform society both economically and socially, the workshop aimed to equip students with the necessary skills to navigate the evolving landscape of transforming indigenous practices into lucrative endeavors.

“This hands-on approach allowed students to immerse themselves in the traditional techniques of soap making, fostering a deeper connection to their cultural heritage.

“In the contemporary Nigerian context, where unemployment poses a significant challenge, the art of soap making emerges as a potential major income generator for workshop participants. By imparting practical skills and knowledge, the workshop aimed to empower students to enter a market where their cultural expertise could serve as a valuable asset.”

He added: “These artists, tasked with preserving our cherished cultural works and heritages, play a crucial role in ensuring the continuity of our cultural legacy.

“To fulfill this mission, it is imperative to engage young African artists in promoting and safeguarding indigenous practices, paving the way for potential economic gains for society at large.”

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