Culture and it's manifestations.

Federal Ministry of Information Lagos
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Lagos: Federal Ministry of Information, 1991
Culture, as defined in the cultural policy, is “the totality of a way of life evolved by a people in their attempt to meet the challenges of living in their environment, which gives order and meaning to their social, political, economic, aesthetic and religious norms and modes of organisation thus distinguishing a people from their neighbours”. Culture involves more than dance, music, charms and incantations; it comprises material and non-material dimensions; it blends practical accomplishments, inspiring philosophies, oral traditions and abilities in man’s continues effort for development. The Federal Government, in pursuance of its programme of national mobilisation, self-reliance, re-orientation, integration and economic recovery through the use of culture and its components, launched the National Cultural Policy whose aims and objectives are to: (i) mobilize and motivate the people by disseminating and propagating ideas which promote national pride, solidarity and consciousness; (ii) evolve from our plurality a national culture, the stamp of which will be reflected in Africa and world affairs; (iii) promote an educational system that motivates and stimulates creativity and draws largely from our traditional values, namely: respect for humanity and human dignity, for legitimate authority and the dignity of labour, and respect for positive Nigerian moral and religious valued (iv) promote creativity in the fields of arts, science and technology; ensure the continuity of traditional skills and sports and their progressive updating to serve modem development needs as our contribution to world growth of culture and ideas; to establish a code of behaviour compatible with our tradition of humanism and a disciplined moral society; (vi) sustain environmental and cosier conditions which enhance the quality of life, produce responsible citizenship and an ordered society; (vii) enhance the efficient management of national resources through the transformation ofindigenoustechnology, design resources and skills, and (viii) enhance national self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and reflect our cultural heritage and national aspirations in the process of industrialization.