Written by Ateed YUSUF

Center moves to preserve Gwari culture

The Executive Director Centre for Gwari Research and Documentation, CGRD, Dr. Miday Ayuba, has implored government at all levels to partner with the centre in the area of preservation of cultural heritage. 

He made this known in Kwali during a book launch in honour of Dr. Ladi Kwali and award presentation organised by the centre to encourage some distinguished personalities in the FCT. 

Speaking to The Abuja Inquirer on the essence of the event, the director said the idea was to propagate Gwari culture and prevent it from going into extinction aimed at giving the younger generations the opportunity to learn. 

He noted that the award would serve as morale booster to individuals who contributed to the growth and development of Gwari communities so that the younger ones would be motivated to emulate them. 

Ayuba reiterated that the commitment of the Centre would continue to promote values and morals of Gwari cultural heritage, just as he stressed that plans were on to establish a centre in the FCT for proper documentation of culture of various ethnic groups. 

He said, "most of the custodian of our cultures are dying and if we continue to leave them to go, there would be a time we will not have a place of reference about our culture except we take a serious steps to get them documented." 

Ayuba said the CGRD had collaborated with the National Mathematical Centre to do a curriculum for the teaching of mathematics aimed at promoting research and development. 

The director called on the leadership of Kwali area council to revive the Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre that it would in no small measure provide additional revenue generation and employment as well as serve as tourism potential of the council. 

 

Responding on behalf of the awardees, the former chairman of the council and PDP flag bearer, Hon. Daniel Ibrahim appreciated the director for making concerted effort to initiate ideas that promote Gwari culture into the limelight for the benefit of the present and future generation. 

 

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