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24.07.2004 Regional News

Chief calls for cultural transformation

By GNA

Accra, July 24, GNA - Nana Kobina Angu II, Apintohene of Awoduah in the Wassa West District on Saturday called for a transformation to ensure that some cultural practices that hold back the clock of advancement are discarded.

"Culture is not static but dynamic," he said adding that: "The unique African culture needs to be protected through transformation to conform with the modern technological advancement whiles the outmoded ones are eliminated. We must as a body and people protect our traditional heritage".

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Nana Angu II stressed the need to inculcate the cultural and traditional norms and values of each traditional area into the nation's body politic. He said cultural values did not only ensure peace, unity and development but also helped to identify the origin and social standing of the people.

Nana Angu said: "There is, the need to bring back some aspects of the people's culture, which would help to bring sanity into society, we need to revive the relevant cultural practices".

The Apintohene said through cultural transformation, some revered institution would be preserve from disintegrating stressing, "chieftaincy was loosing its esteem because of disputes, rivalry and bickering among traditional authorities".

He also asked traditional authorities not to support people who would like to destroy everything indigenous and African for their personal benefit.

Nana Angu stressed the need for traditional authorities to consolidate the unity among the different ethnic groups under their jurisdiction.

He also called for the protection of the people's customs and traditions by ensuring they were not adulterated by foreign culture. Nana Angu advised the youth to respect traditional institutions, rule of law and to act responsibly, stressing that, "the increasing negative attitude by some young people had resulted in armed robberies, rape and general lawlessness.

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