How do we celebrate our culture?

Often times, without conscious thought, it is easy to find the celebration of one’s culture akin to the celebration of the deceased.

Yes, the deceased.

Celebrated as though it is something that has stopped and cannot continue to be developed, as if it has no continuation past the limited view thrust upon it by the desires of “modern”… excuse my synonymous use of the word “modern” with “western” or more precise, “European” and foreign viewpoint on it. Take for example child birth. Let us evaluate child birth…

In many older civilizations, such as the Nile Valley dwellers of ancient times, child birth did not look like it does today. With the advent of “pain inhibitors” many of the modern techniques that could be improved upon by looking to the past, are intead heavily excepted by the general public as “best practices”, when in reality, are actually the cause of many issues that call for more modern techniques.

In a new trend, many people around the world are returning to “home births” with midwives and the likes. I would like to see traditional child rearing techniques improved upon rather than reclesly abandoned for the allure of shiny “modern”. How many people take headache medicine, but still complain the medicine isnt working??

In conclusion, this piece of literature is just saying that cultural celebration is not amongst the deceased. It is alive and should be sought out to be continuously revised and improved. The greatest deception of the Devil was to convince the world he did not exist. I share this quote not for the characters involved but, for the statement of–The popular world view of the western world is that it has no culture, that it is a melting pot, a hybrid of others. Well, what culture is not influenced by others? In the west, people greet by shaking hands and consider respect and friendship to be achieved when you can refer to them (regardless of age) by their first name–It carries out its culture daily and celebrates every aspect of its culture; food, music, science, and spirituality, unnoticed as culture because many would say it has none.

In Yoruba culture, we bow upon greeting and refer to peers and contemporaries differently than those older. As individuals from the land of dark skin people, we have science we can celebrate once we except science and culture are two sides of the same coin and one cannot exist without the other. As Malcom X would do, look up the definition of the words and follow its etymology—Science and Culture.

I hope this piece of literature finds you well and causes a big question to arise of, “Who are we in this world and whose bias do we seek?”


Author │  Olaoluwalotobi Thomas (Psychology BA, Education MA)

3 thoughts on “How do we celebrate our culture?

  • This piece is just evolving, as a clarion call to indigenous wisdom and the robust African cultural communal heritage, which the author proposes as alternative to the Western/modern individualistic enclosed lifestyle.
    His module of example in the Yoruba tradition, promises to be an exciting model because of our knowledge of that culture.

    The author has wet my appetite and I cannot to savor the next dish.

  • This is very true… Alot of us treat our culture (esp. African) like it’s something we can’t be proud of because of civilization. We regard culture as antonymous and opposite to civilization, hence the idea of culture being dead with our predecessors who did not receive civilization. The truth is that our culture and our civilization, science or whatever can and should be concurrently respected.

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