Freetong Players has commenced the celebration of their 25th anniversary, with a float parade last Saturday from Up gun Turntable to their head office at Dundas Street. There were various cultural arts groups with different traditional attires and cultural displays. These groups specifically portrayed the culture and traditions of some ethnic groups and they displayed placards and banners which called for the preservation and respect of our culture and traditions. The float parade portrayed visual cultural arts of the different ethnic groups in Sierra Leone.
Yesterday at the Conference on Arts and Culture organized at the Miatta Conference Hall, Kenneth Osho stated that our local language is very important in the preservation of our culture and tradition because each ethnic group has its own customs and traditions which can be detected through language and when the language dies it goes with the culture. He disclosed that monuments are vital in terms of portraying and preserving our cultural values.
Mr. Osho indicated that those who are members of cultural arts groups are viewed as inferior by members of the public and they are treated with contempt as they are considered to be idlers. He informed the audience that the draft youth cultural policies addressed the protection of our cultural arts and it can only be useful when it is implemented. Communities have a vital role to play in cultural arts preservation Mr. Osho stated. He informed the audience that some people complain that the inclusion of local languages in the school curriculum is responsible for the poor performance of school children in national examination.
By Muctarr King