The way we live

The Ministry have gone into research studying the way we live as a nation, despite our numerious culture differences and heritage. Due to fading out of some of these culture, as a conformity with urban values. One of the most pervasive manifestations of this is ‘cultural dancing’, presented at a broad range of ceremonies, shows, competitions and embedded in the school system. Usually, one of the most anodyne dances or masquerades is selected from a range of village performances and tidied up so that it can be given as a three-minute glimpse in some arena in front of dignitaries. The dancers usually have highly untraditional costumes and increasingly use modern westernised musical instruments.

This is also true in other arenas such as crafts. Nigerian crafts are highly diverse and extremely rich and could be the source of considerable income in the remote areas where the skills and materials are still present. But far from encouraging such craft skills, poor quality imitations are available in major population centres, usually made by urban residents and these have the effect both of discouraging more skilled craftsmen and ensuring that the country as a whole is known for mediocre production.