EMBRACE AFRICAN CULTURESAND VALUES
With Odongo Odoyo
Sometime one must be proud of his or her culture which conform to the 21st century. As an African some of our cultures are well nourished and well preserved. Many time foreign cultures have been borrowed without finding out their value and origin. I was reading something where a Tibetan wife posed with her three husbands and scores of children. This is what they call polyandry family. This is why l have always talked about preserving valued culture in the society. There are some areas where women marry men and come with wealth to their new homes. In African society, there are a set of values that guide the behavior of every member. Specific mention could be made of values such as hospitality, chastity before marriage, truth, and respect for old age, covenant keeping, hard work and good character
African Tradition is expressed through many different art forms, such as music, dance, art, sculpture and bead-work. These traditions are deeply ingrained into the whole African
Some examples of traditional beliefs, include avoiding the sun or moon at certain times or wearing charms (e.g., dead spiders, children’s teeth, or leopard skin bracelets). Providers should discourage dangerous or counterproductive beliefs.
In many cases there are traditional values which includes; your responsibilities to your family, your spouse, your parents, your children, and your society; IT is your knowledge and your work. The mode of the job changing does not need to change. Is there a tradition for kids?
Traditions can be any combination of stories, beliefs, rituals and customs that your family maintains and passes on from one year to the next (and one generation to another). Children and family psychologists agree that these traditions and rituals are an important part of childhood development. Having gone through these stages l am of the opinion that the continent’s culture are something to be proud of since over 80 percent they value and respect the society. Not like the one being borrowed and being planted on our youth with Western ideologies. Strong cultural value is always the firm foundation of a society. Where there is no respect the society stand to tumble to the ground. It is our duty the current generation to mold and positively direct the existence of the tomorrow’s generation now. It is our cultural belief that you do not cut the child’s clothe before being born, but that was then. Right now one has to prepare from date one to the last nine months when the child is being born with all necessities that the mother and the child would be required to have. Sometime back it was against talking about the gender of the baby which was still in the womb. Right now the gender can be told within three months or less. These are cultures which do not harm but prepare a family to be ready for future eventualities.