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    Saturday, 6 July 2019

    Vhungwi Primary hosts provincial culture week


    ALVINA CHIWANIKA

    SHURUGWI – Traditional leaders, parents and various schools in the Midlands Province recently attended culture week commemorations which were hosted by Vungwi primary school in Shurugwi.
    The commemorations which were held under the theme, African Royalty, Our Heritage saw pupils displaying their talents in their culture, elders demonstrating how culture worked before colonialism, the operations of the traditional courts, the type of food eaten, the domestic chores carried out by women.
    Traditional brew was also available at the commemorations which elders drank and councillors exhibited their footwork in cultural dances.
    More than 15 primary schools from different districts in Midlands including Mberengwa, Gokwe and Chirumhanzi gathered at the venue and there were also institutions of higher learning like Kwekwe Poly showcased their talents in our culture.
    The Minister of State for the Midlands Province was represented at the commemorations by Clayton Diwa who is a director in his office and Diwa deplored locals for shunning their culture in preference to Western norms and values.
    The Culture week is celebrated annually to remind and preserve tradition.
    “We should be proud of our culture and we should not shun it because we want to adopt the Western culture. We should remember where we came from and some of the misfortunes that befall us are because we are moving away from our culture. Preserving the tangible and intangible culture can save us in different ways. Trees that are used as herbs must be conserved and used properly because that is our source of life,” said Diwa.
    He also urged people to live and share together in the community as this is Zimbabwes’ backbone practised by its ancestors. He bemoaned social media for bringing about individualism.
    “Social media has brought individualism of which is a taboo to our culture. Let us teach our children to socialise and share together as one, children should be taught our culture as our ancestors taught us so that we build one nation in the spirit of Ubuntu,” he said.
    Chief Ngungumbeni from Mberengwa noted that youths were abandoning their culture in favour of Western culture. He urged the youth to be proud of their language, dressing, traditional foods and the way of living.
    “Let us go back to our culture where we view elderly people as our parents, where we live in the society together as one family sharing what we have. The spirit of Ubuntu should be within us, I am here because of our culture which says we are one family despite the use of totems,” said the Chief.
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