Nigeria Celebrates World Culture Day

The Executive Secretary and CEO of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, has highlighted the importance of placing culture at the heart of Nigeria’s developmental process as the country joins the global celebration of the 2024 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, commonly known as World Culture Day.

Ajiboye emphasized that the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a crucial platform to underscore the value and potential of culture. He noted that this day promotes the appreciation of cultural diversity, which is essential for fostering peaceful coexistence and sustainable development in a nation like Nigeria, known for its ethnic and religious plurality.

Ajiboye attributed the current social challenges facing the country to the neglect of cultural values. He stressed that to reverse this trend, it is imperative to campaign for the “return of our cultural values,” particularly among the younger generation, ensuring these values deeply influence their behavior.

He stated that appreciating the importance of intercultural interaction, diversity, and inclusion by recognizing culture as a panacea for societal peace is vital for achieving sustainable development and peaceful coexistence.

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated annually on May 21st, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly by Resolution 57/249 in 2002, following the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2001.

This declaration recognizes cultural diversity as a critical factor in development, contributing to global economic growth and enhancing the intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual existence of peoples worldwide. “If the world can come to this realization, then Nigeria should immediately take advantage of this opportunity to improve its circumstances,” Ajiboye concluded.

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