My Culture My Identity: The true power of my vernacular.
Why do you think people admire you when you speak your vernacular with boldness?
Because it identifies you and shows you are connected to your roots.
But that does not mean because others cannot speak theirs, they are not connected to their roots, don’t get me wrong!
But there is that confidence you get when you say you are Bakweri, Bafaw, Bassa, or Bayangi et al. My culture my identity
If you are asked to defend it by speaking your mother tongue and you do not know how to speak the language, how will you feel? Frustrating right? I understand, it’s like you are in a limbo.
Well, I do not know about other places, individuals, and children.
But the modern age is gradually silencing the culture of some clans in Africa and Cameroon especially. The pride of belonging to a particular clan and identifying with it by speaking its languages seems to be ebbing away with time.
The Queen’s language is muscling up and overthrowing it. The language of a particular clan speaks deep of its cultural heritage, not knowing it is sad, not bad.
My Culture My Identity
In some cases many individuals do not speak their vernacular nor know salient cultural principles because their parents can either not speak it, can speak it but choose not to teach the children, try teaching the children but they are too uninterested to learn.
The causes of no cultural tie to one’s heritage are inexhaustible. Some are society’s backslash on a particular clan so much so, its indigenes forgo their heritage to fit into society’s context of the more superior clan et al
Being true to your heritage despite the murmurs about its weaknesses makes you a true ambassador. Language is just one identification of one’s cultural heritage.
Another very significant identification symbol is the traditional meal. How do you prefer eating your traditional meal, how do you feel when someone uses cutleries to eat your traditional meal, especially if it doesn’t call for the use of any.
As someone from the Northwest of Cameroon, how would you feel when someone eats “Achu” with a spoon.
For the South Westerns, how will you feel a friend eats fufu and eru with cutleries.
We ought to understand that many persons differ from our Cultural standards. However, that hasn’t stopped them from loving and identifying with your traditional meal.
You can teach them the way it’s done, if they’re interested to learn, other than bashing them trying to shove it down their throats, worst still hate them for it.
It’s an honorable sign of unity, for a person of a different cultural background to hold your cultural ideals be it the dress attires, food, accent, language in high esteem.
Culture indeed cuts across disciplines and influences subtly until love for it stands out.
Your actions and values will make you stand out, even when compared to another from your clan.
A good example is; two individuals might be eating their traditional meal in a restaurant. If the meal is “fufu and eru”, it traditionally calls for the use of the hands.
If one of them uses the hand to savor all the taste and cultural flavor burst, onlookers will quickly identify him/ her to the clan whose meal they eat.
If the other uses cutlery to savour the meal, bystanders will deny this person has a link to the clan.
That’s the same way honoring the cultural principles of another clan can stick you up with the culture of that people, even if you aren’t.
Honour for the beauty of your culture as well as that of others, creates a universal connection.
So let’s move along in life with the beautiful traits that identify us to our culture. Even though you are light in color and I am dark in color, what identifies us both at the airport as Africans or Cameroonians is our passport, one ethnicity, different Cultural heritages
Your cultural identification counts a lot, you lose it, you lose touch with your roots. That’s why our culture will always remain part of us, no matter the place we find ourselves.
Your true identity will sell you more than your fake identity. Stand up to the truth of your cultural heritage because nothing hides under the sun.
Be the truth about the beauty of your clan despite all stereotypes. My Culture my identity
Your cultural dances also identify you, as well as your accent in speaking.
All these things shouldn’t be limitations but boosters of originality and the authenticity of our culture. It’s never too late to learn about your Culture, start now, redefine the bad about it and shine in the glory of being a daughter or son of the soil.
Your power is in your identifications. My culture my identity
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