The Iran Cultural Chancellor in Uganda, Alhaji Mohammad Reza Ghezelsofla has rallied Africans to embrace and use their diverse cultures for the development of their countries.
Speaking to Ugabuzz at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) during the celebrations of the World Culture day, Mohammad said:
“Culture is the foundation of development. African culture is diverse so there is no need of copying from others. It is also constructive, educative, useful, fruitful so everyone should try to know and embrace their culture. Imported culture should only come in if it brings a positive impact for instance if it is rich in punctuality, discipline and order.”
He also advised cultural leaders and parents to pass on the Cultural values to the young people so that it can always be preserved for generations to come.
“Culture is like soul for the body just like fuel is to the car. A society without culture will never see development therefore culture should be introduced to the young generation so that it can live on.” He concluded.
He also awarded the guest of honor, hon Sarah Kanyike, and Juliana Naumo commissioner of culture and family affairs with gifts from Iran