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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jimmy Cliff Cautions Africans Against Adopting Foreign Cultures

The Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM renowned Jamaican Reggae singer and actor has advised Africans that adopting foreign cultures may have a bad effect on the continent's development.

He used China and Japan's development as examples. He pointed out that both nations were able to forge ahead because they remained true to their own cultural identity and lifestyle.

Mr. Cliff, who is also an ECOWAS Peace Pageant made this observation at the Kotoka International Airport yesterday when he made a stop-over on his way to Sierra Leone to attend the ECOWAS Peace Pageant. 

He has called on the leaders of the continent to start resisting all forms of foreign influences saying "we do not want foreigners to rule us anymore" . He asked them to redirect their resources towards providing quality education for the people, particularly children.

He went further and ask them to abolish the name "Africa" since it was a borrowed name from Ottoman Empire which meant "to divide" adding that it did not befit a continent struggling to unite.

Jimmy Cliff pleaded to local musicians especially the young upcoming ones to work hard and inspire the present generations with their songs. 

A Deputy Minister of Information, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, who met the reggae legend at the airport, expressed government's pleasure to have him in the country.

He commended Jimmy Cliff for his success in his career despite his challenging beginning, saying, "His humble beginning is an inspiration to the present day generation. We are very happy to have him home."


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