Heritage (Monrovia)

10 December 2012

Liberia Risks Losing Wealth to Foreigners

The Executive Director of a local cultural group, the National Campaign for Cultural Identity has asserted that unless what he calls the issue of identity crisis confronting Liberia is corrected, the nation risks losing its wealth to foreigners.

Mr. Hamilton Karsor lamented that the spirit of nationalism has fast eroded the people of Liberia, adding that this poses serious threat to their [Liberians] progress and prosperity.

Making the assertions recently at the end of a one-day culture awareness workshop for young people under the auspices of the Liberian Heritage Initiative in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Mr. Karsor averred that Liberia has over the years suffered an identity crisis, with its people wanting to be like everyone else. He stated that: "Unless this unfortunate situation is corrected, the nation stands the risk of losing its wealth to foreigners."

Also speaking at the end of the day-long culture awareness workshop, where the call for individual and collective efforts to preserve Liberian culture was made, the Director of Culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, Kona N'doma, stated that Liberians need to see themselves as a nation with a unique culture.

He cautioned school children attending the seminar against abandoning their rich culture for borrowed ones. For his part, the Principal of the Satellite SDA Mission School in Paynesville, John Mussah, admonished Liberians to preserve their culture and be conscious of their potentials as a nation.

He added that the European perception that Liberians have no culture must be disproved by this generation of Liberians. He used the occasion to appeal to authorities of the Ministry of Education to harmonize the teaching of Liberian literature in elementary schools, adding that education is cardinal to reviving the culture of the nation.

The one day culture awareness workshop for mainly young people is one of series of cultural refreshing activities planned by the Liberian Heritage Initiative.

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