Africa, the home of rich cultures. Nigeria, the voice of diverse cultures! Honeyland school, the home of cultural tolerance!
Culture, they say, is the way of life of a people. Celebrating Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage is not only necessary but of utmost priority.
As a school, we understand the importance of preserving cultural heritages. Hence, the reason for celebrating cultural day in Honeyland College, Ipaja. This is an event the school organizes biennially as a way of keeping students in touch with their roots.
At the beginning of the term, students are grouped into different groups irrespective of their cultural background. The essence of this existence is to bring to their consciousness the robustness of diverse cultures in the country. Students in each group are given tasks of researching customs and traditions of other ethnic groups aside their own. This exercise excites the students as they are exposed to new and exciting information.
The ceremony lasts for a week. The cultural program includes song rendition, dance, recitation and drama. On the first day of the event, there is a presentation of drama at the assembly by different groups. Day two in marked with traditional games involving students and teachers who are interested in the activity. The traditional games include Suwe, Kobokobo, Talowaninu Ogba Yen, Ayo Olopon, Ororo (hide and seek), Charakpe, Ndo, mgba, Dambe, wasan, Doki, Gudu, Yargalagala and other interesting games.
The third day is specially dedicated to competitions. Debates in different indigenous languages are held among students across different grades. Later in the day, a novelty football match is played on the school’s football pitch.
The fourth day of the event is tagged “Ankara Day”.
On the grand finale, in place of the usual morning assembly, students, staff and parents sit in the spacious, airy and traditionally decorated space to enjoy the rich presentations from the different groups. Everyone appears in their brightest cultural costumes. The programme starts with a parade by various tribes. It is followed by a speech presentation in at least two dialects.
The day proceeds with presentation of diverse dishes waiting to whet the appetite of the fasting judges. The students in charge explain the recipes used in the preparation as well as techniques used to come up with fascinating delicacies. The students always pull off amazing touch of class with their cooking.
The lesson from these events extend to the areas of religion and cultural beliefs. Everyone always find Honeyland College Ipaja Cultural day to be extremely interesting, fulfilled and educating event which both staff, students and parents look forward to being a part of.