Nana Yaa Nyamaa II, Queen-mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area, at the weekend advised the youth of the country to dress decently to portray the diverse rich cultures of the nation.
She observed that the dressing of some Ghanaian youth in exposing their bodies had brought about disgrace to their families and their communities and urged them to dress modestly to attract respect for themselves.
Nana Nyamaa gave the advise at a durbar to climax a week-long of activities to commemorate the 40th Anniversary celebration of her enstoolment on the theme: “Redefining Traditional Values and Cultures in the Contemporary Youth.”
It was attended by queen-mothers, chiefs, school children, religious groups and representatives from various women associations and organisations including market women and women’s wings of political parties.
The queen-mother urged parents to check the dressing of their children before they attended public functions to avoid negative comments from the public against the children and their families.
Nana Nyamaa said: “If a child is properly trained, guided and guarded, he or she will not copy blindly from the western cultures”.
Mrs Cecilia Johnson, Member of Council of State, noted that western cultures were gradually taking over the country’s rich cultures and, therefore, stressed the need for serious attention to restore the pride of the nation’s culture.
She said for the youth to cherish and accept the nation’s culture, it must be included in the school syllabi to ensure that every child knew a little about the nation’s cultures from the early age.
Mrs Johnson asked the National Commission on Culture to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to deliberate more on the issue to get the children and the youth to appreciate the nation’s culture.
Pemampem Yaw Kagbrese V, President of Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, said a disregard to the nation’s rich culture and beliefs had brought about indiscipline among the youth, saying that had contributed to the increasing numbers of teenage pregnancies in some communities.
He said some of the nation’s cultural practices, which were very important, needed to be modified and reintroduced to curb insubordination in the society.
Mrs Sherry Aryeetey, Minister of Health, on behalf of Mrs Lordina Mahama, First Lady, presented GHc10,000 and assorted drinks to the queen-mother in support of the anniversary. GNA