There’s seems to be a worrying trend a significant number of you Bino and Fino Fans who are parents are telling me about. In fact I’ve had a discussion about this issue about 6 times in 2 days. It’s a bit controversial but I wanted to get to know more about it because it is important and also informs how we produce future episodes of the cartoon.
Some of you are saying that there is a rapidly growing group of Nigerian parents in the country actively choosing not to pass on aspects of their culture to their children. I’m going to focus on Nigeria because that’s where I’m getting most of this feedback from. Examples of this phenomenon include:
• Parents stopping their children from eating Nigerian foods
• Parents stopping their children from having accents that sound ‘Nigerian’
• Making sure their children only wear ‘western’ style clothing
• Not teaching them their Nigerian mother language on purpose
I don’t pretend to know everything about Nigerian culture. However I am proud of my heritage and of the wonderfully diverse cultures we have here in the country and in the rest of Africa. I love both modern and ancient sides of it. I can also understand for various reasons one can’t expose children to aspects of their heritage. That is also natural. For instance I won’t know as much about my language and customs as my grandmother for example.
But to systematically make sure that children have almost no connection to their Nigerian heritage and modern indigenous culture is a new one to me. That’s why I wanted to find out more. Are more of you noticing this trend in Nigeria and in other African countries? What are thoughts on why it is happening? Do you even believe it’s happening on a significant scale?