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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fear of Losing African Culture

Fear of loss of culture African Proverb

Losing African Cultures

African Cultures are losing traditions and rituals. African rich cultural traditions attract attention worldwide. African Cultures are losing traditions and rituals and this should teach us each African culture is a unique answer to the question of what it means to be human.

Arican rich cultural traditions attract attention worldwide

Fear of losing African culture 


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Indigenous African cultures have been disappearing, taking valuable knowledge with them.

Borana People of Ethiopia and Kenya say
Wan oketen inqamne moqan infud’u.
The ladle cannot serve anything if the pot is empty. - English

Meaning - Africa is experiencing a rapid loss of indigenous cultural identity. Elders from across Africa try to teach by example cultural heritage through conversations that are reflective, respectful and constructive problem talk to the youth of Africa.

However, the youth must be receptive to learning. Building an atmosphere of trust and respect is key in establishing a culture of learning in which learning conversations can take place between old and young.

Within a trusting and supportive environment culture as practice is respected. Africa, 79 critically endangered, 66 severely endangered, 44 vulnerable, 51 definitely endangered languages; the current era of globalization has a melting pot effect on traditional African cultures.



African Cultures are losing traditions and rituals


The current era of globalization is having a melting pot influence on indigenous African cultures. While this may promote the integration of societies and has provided millions of people with new opportunities, it also brings with it a loss of uniqueness of indigenous African cultures, which in turn can lead to loss of identity and even self-conflict. This is especially true for traditional African societies, which are exposed to rapid modernization.

Zulu womanLanguage is a part of culture; nearly half of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world are expected to vanish in the next 100 years. In Africa, over 2,000 are spoken on the continent and hundreds are endangered or critically endangered. The extinction of a language results in the irrecoverable loss of unique cultural knowledge embodied in it for centuries. Deep in our hearts, we all understand that the quality of our lives depends, to a great extent, on our being able to take part in, and benefit from our culture. The current era of globalization is having a melting pot influence on indigenous African cultures.


In 2013, Kenya began a campaign toward the Maasai of educating the tribe on the negative connotations of ear stretching and upper cartilage piercing. Some Kenyan officials believe tribalism is hurting Kenya and the more mainstream an individual is the more likely they can absorb into conventional society.

The Samburu are extremely dependent on their animals for survival. On November 11, 2011, thousands of the Samburu livestock were impounded due to a dispute over land ownership with Nature Conservancy and the African Wildlife Foundation who purchased the land and gave it as a gift to Kenya for a national park, to be called Laikipia National Park. The Samburu's legal case was heard in the town of Nyeri December 14, 2011 and the court ruled The Kenya Wildlife Service had secured legal registration of the land.

Did you know?
Dinka tribeCultures are rooted in a time and place they define how people relate to nature and their physical environment, to the earth and to the cosmos, and they express our attitudes to and beliefs in other forms of life, both animal and plant. The losing of African culture also brings with it a loss of uniqueness of indigenous African cultures, which in turn can lead to loss of identity and even self-conflict.

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