- Prof. Magbele-Fyle
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
One of the commissioners at the Monument and Relics Commission on Friday 18 April 2014 stated that it would be worthwhile for culture to be part of the school curriculum.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the third national annual cultural festival in Bo, south of the country, Professor C. Magbele-Fyle stated that if culture was part of the curriculum, Sierra Leoneans would enjoy, embrace, respect and think about their culture as a way of life which is diversified by the different ways of dressing.
“People should be proud and try to give the same respect to their dressing as they did to foreign cultures when attending public functions. I decided to introduce the Diploma Course in Cultural Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, for students to know about their various cultures as well as using the different cultural instruments,” he said.
He maintained that Sierra Leoneans have different ways to dress as part of their culture which they adapt from other people, which is why people dress differently on occasions, citing South Africa as an example of a country that has different national languages as part of their culture.
Also speaking, another Commissioner, Prof. Joe A.D. Allie maintained that the cultural programme started at FBC by Prof. Fyle is still up and running.
He opined that one of the most important ways of learning culture is through story telling in which relevant lessons are learnt.
Declaring the festival opening, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Peter Bayuku Konteh, stated that the festival is a national event that should unite the people of Sierra Leone despite their political differences.
He explained that the government, through his ministry, decided three years ago to organise the festival at regional level in order to showcase cultural diversity.
“The rationale behind organising the festival is not only to showcase the singing, dancing or dressing, but rather to demonstrate the fact that Sierra Leoneans are united as one people through their cultural talent explosion,” he added.
Minister Konteh pointed out that any culture that fails to unit a country is not a positive one and should be discarded because most people believe that Sierra Leonean culture is weak.