From the colorful costumes, the vibrant dances, the drumming and the food, Africa as well as countries from other continents, was well celebrated during the International/Cultural Day celebrations of several schools in Lagos throughout the month of March.
As the torch bearers of African culture and heritage, Goge Africa attended a few, dancing and celebrating along with the young mind
All the celebrations had one thing in common: student involvement in the research and presentation of the cultures on display.
At Chrisland School, Opebi, the nearly four-hour celebration included a cultural parade of students donning wears from different tribes in Africa as well as cultures from around the world. Afterwards, classes took turns to showcase dance, drama, music and art from their chosen tribes.
The enthusiasm of the students as well as teachers was evident at the ceremony, attended by several dignitaries and royalty.
“Language, Art and Cultural Day” is a day set aside in Chrisland School to celebrate and experience the rich cultural heritage of tribes and nations across the globe through music, culinary, dressing, art and craft, dance and drama,”said Belinda Amao, head of the school.
The celebration at De Beautiful Beginning also had similar objectives.
“It witnessed every class creatively depicting the various ways man benefits from nature. Interestingly, the internationally themed event provides “our lovely children the opportunity to explore and discover the richness of the African Continent and [and other parts of the world,]” said School Director, Bukola Ogunleye.
At Lyncrest Schools, the cultural day celebration took a similar format, with groups of students not only showcasing Africa, but countries in other continents. With consultation from Goge Africa, the African group showcased several countries’ food and ways of life including dance, dressing.
The day achieved its purpose of having children learn of diverse international cultures, according to Dr. (Mrs) Linda Binitie-Cassidy.
“It was aimed at exposing our children to diverse international cultures; mode of dressings, languages, food, natural resources and other unique traits of selected countries in Africa [and beyond,]” Dr. Binitie-Cassidy said.