Activist appealed to African Union AU To find means of protecting  African Indigenous craftsman  works before foreign modern design wipe them out  

By Ibrahima Yakubu

It is clear that  Foreign artistic product has  already  succeeded in  dominating all  Africa countries with new decorative design  , and this is making most of the manufactures “made  in Africa “including Nigeria   seems to be irrelevant to the consumers,

Craftsman

The chairperson of the foundation for the protection of women and children in Nigeria comrade Ramatu Tijani made the call when she visited one of the Associate member of Blacksmith union during the weekend in Kaduna  and kano  market

Ramatu  pointed out that there is  the need for  all the African Union, African commission on Human and People’s Right , Association for the Development of education in Africa , Economic community of west African states ECOWAS to team up and  find mean of protecting all the indigenous crafts  and other artistic work from  disappearing in the continent , adding that so many have started dying or fading-out due to lack of  financial support to protect those historic artistic work from all forms of extinctions in the region

“Chinese and Japan and European product has dominated our African indigenous craftman working thereby killing the local industries day by day,”

“Calling on African to be patronizing local made product of their country’s ,so as to boost their own economic”

She said that as a result of foreign good and other different design  of  new product coming into the country ,many locally  made artistic product were not given attention to, and as such, people never take them serious,

The activist says ,globally the importance of heritages and historic things  to countries, and even in developing nations like Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized. This is due to its economic, historical, tourist, aesthetic, educational and  research significance,

Blacksmith

Ramatu said, majority of Nigeria indigenous crafts are facing great challenges of extinctions,  and if care is not taking, they will be only remember in history book or any places where past books ,events can be found.

She noted that, interested  artistic work like Blacksmith, Gold smith, Calabash decoration, Basketry, weaving, leather  works, pottery, carving, Dyeing, tradition painting, Calligraphy and graphic arts, traditional soap making from wood, Smes etc are all  facing a great challenges ,and if care is not taking, they will all be found in the book of history.

Blacksmiths is a creative business in Africa,and the business is facing one of the greatest challenges as a result of the influx of foreign desigh artistic job,

Many African Blacksmiths are becoming jobless due to the continuous arrival of foreign goods that is dominating all African market

African Blacksmitters  were left with just only Hoes,Cutlasses,Axes ,Rake construction ,which are uses  for domestic uses

According to the activist ,Nigeria has produced a lot of contemporary artists whose creative efforts has placed Nigeria in the forefront of contemporary African art. However, the modernization of art work in Nigeria is still undergoing a process of evolution.

Nigerian cultural heritages are faced with a lot of challenges such as The influence of modernization, Christianity, commerce, civilization, change, development, looting, and antiquarians, among others. Apart from smuggling, theft, vandalism and looting of museums, another most threatening challenge facing Nigerian cultural heritage is religious dogmatism

Ramatu then said More than 400 Nigerian indigenous languages are endangered,because modernization is also becoming a great threat to tradition,culture and noms, adding that many native languages in Africa are also going extinction due to soo many factors attach to this

Indeed Some Cultural Heritages of Nigeria are also facing challenges which if care is not taking ,it will also be face out due to modernization,

She then called on AU, ECOWAS and Human right organization to find mean of  encouraging African indigenous artists,

Mallam Musa sani ,one of the blacksmitting in kaduna,told journalist that Nigerian don’t pejorise make in Nigeria that is why there local design product is not getting recognition\

Mallam musa said,we need encouragement and we need finance to produce quality product that can match with international standard

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