VP Mohadi hails chiefs for upholding cultural values

07 Jun, 2024 - 00:06 0 Views
VP Mohadi hails chiefs for upholding cultural values Vice President Mohadi chats with Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Minister Kirsty Coventry while Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Advocate Misheck Mugadza looks on. – Picture: Tinai Nyadzayo

The ManicaPost

 

Liberty Dube
Post Correspondent

VICE-PRESIDENT Kembo Mohadi has hailed traditional leaders in Manicaland for the firm preservation of their cultural heritage, which is constantly under a barrage of attack from numerous intercultural interactions in the global village and illegal sanctions.

Speaking during the National Culture Month commemorations at Marega Primary School in Chipinge last Friday, Vice President Mohadi urged Zimbabweans, both at home and abroad to celebrate and valourise the country’s cultural creativity, indigenous languages, national pride and identity and in the process monetise it through dances, music, crafts, sculpture, languages, fashion cuisine, visual arts, film, theatre poetry and literary works.

“I want to express my gratitude to chiefs in Chipinge and Manicaland at large for your continued leadership in upholding cultural practices within the population. This is regardless of the fact that we live in an ever-changing world that demands that we regularly self-introspect and examine our Zimbabwean roots and reason for existence, and we remain loyal to our cultural practices that have shaped us to be whom we are.

“Despite the pressure placed upon us as people and society by the illegal sanctions, our chiefs have remained steadfast and resolute to preserve our culture which is continually under attack from other intercultural interactions we have within the global village,” he said.

VP Mohadi urged families to preserve support systems and remain unbendable in the fight against drug and substance abuse.

“While Government has put in place various awareness campaigns to discourage the youth from drug and substance abuse, I plead with our families for support systems that have helped our nation from one generation to another.

“We must learn from that adage that we borrowed our cultural values and norms from our forefathers, and will bequeath the same to our children and the unborn. It is from our culture that we learnt the values of hard-work, resilience and survival. Let me applaud the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and its parastatals, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, for leading and galvanising our nation to celebrate our diversity through the Culture Month Commemorations from the ward to national levels,” said VP Mohadi.

Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Minister, Dr Kirsty Coventry, said her ministry is working on drafting a National Film Strategy through its urgency, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

“The National Film Strategy is part of the current 100-Day Cycle projects that my ministry is working on through the NACZ. The National Film Strategy is a low hanging fruit for the nation as we need to tell our own stories through our own lenses. This process is being guided by best practices in film as well as the National Culture and Creative Industries Strategy crafted in 2020,” she said.

The well-attended event was held under the theme: “Our culture, building Zimbabwe Brick by Brick”.

Before the proceedings, VP Mohadi toured exhibits mounted by different organisations and individuals, which showcased an assortment of cultural wares, artefacts and traditional foods.

Hundreds of people who attended the event, including school children, had a memorable day after renowned artistes — Sulumani Chimbetu, Dorcas Moyo, Blessing Shumba and Killer T as well as other traditional dance groups, took turns to entertain the crowd.

 

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