Colonialism Has Affected Ghanaian Culture

debateThe Western Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture, Mr. Benjamin L. Anaba Anyelom, has observed that Ghanaian culture is no longer what it used to be, and attributed the change to colonialism and its attendant influences on the people.

“The Ghanaian culture was so unique that it distinguished her from other African countries and the other parts of the world until the arrival of the colonial masters,” he stressed.

Mr. Anyelom stated this in an address at Fijai at a debate between Archbishop Porter Girls and St. John’s Senior High Schools, both at Sekondi, on the topic: ‘Colonialism has impacted negatively on Ghana’s cultural development’. Archbishop Porter Girls spoke in favour of the topic, while St. John’s spoke against it.

The contest was won by Archbishop Porter Girls. In attendance were Ahantaman and Fijai High Schools.
Mr. Anyelom lamented the choice of designer suits over traditional wear which has relegated it to the background, and christened “Friday wear”, with contempt.

He took issues with educated parents who spoke foreign languages with their children, at the expense of their mother tongues, in which communication is more effective, and easily understood.

Mr. Anyelom, therefore, entreated them to refrain from the practice, forthwith, saying “traits of people’s identity exist in languages, games, costumes, dances, and occupation, and are also known to be the characteristics that collectively form the cultures of the people”.

The chairman of the event, the Mechanical Supervisor of the Ghana Health Service, Mr. Elias Menokoor, asked students to appreciate African culture, language, way of dressing and discipline. The event was sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Justmark Ventures, MTN and GLO.

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