Nigerian-born Becky Pring’ar Dakahap, an expert in English Literature and a lover of history has called on Africans to promote the culture, history and identity of the continent.
She made the call during the official launch of her book titled “Diversity N’ Complexity of the African Culture, History and Identity, at the Nigerian National Merit Award House, Abuja, graced by top government officials, family and friends.
The book was reviewed by Professor Victor Ukaogo, of the Department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and assisted by Dr. Ahidjo Embugushiki of the Department of English Language at the University of Jos, Mr. Tunde Aina of the Cabinet Affairs Office and Mr Ako Abbah of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The author stated that the book is a compendium of poems on Africas’ beautiful cultural diversity, embodying its vibrancy, as well as celebrating its unique and complex nature.
She explained that it delved into topics that touches on everything from ancestry, heritage, spirituality and beliefs, love, relationship, resilience and strength as well as many other areas.
Becky, who hails from Mangu Local Government Area in Plateau State, lamented over what she described as “the total disregard for the history of the African people” while hoping for a better African society”.
She said that her inspirations comes from crafting evocative and thought-provoking verses, imbued with a keen sense of observation and a deep appreciation for the beauty of language.
On how she got into writing, the author disclosed that she was surrounded by creativity, which encouraged her to explore her artistic impulse at a young age, starting with poetry and experimenting with different forms of style until she found her own unique voice.
The writer noted that through years of practicing, studying and reading widely to refine her techniques, she also drew inspiration from the changing seasons, the ebb and flow of the tides, and the myriad creatures that inhabit the earth.
Becky Dakahap’s work is not limited to the natural world alone. She is equally adept at exploring the complexities of the human experience, delving into the depths of emotion and the intricate workings of the human psyche. Her poems are a reflection of the world around us, illuminating the beauty and pain of life in equal measure.
Speaking at the launch, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, James Sule said: “There is an inherent element in Nigeria that parents must lecture children about African culture.
“Nigeria is considered a collectivist society. Individuals pursuing success are a commitment to the wellbeing, pride and prosperity of the family or tribe. We are therefore highly incentivised to avoid shame linked to failure or recklessness. Rather tellingly, even our national anthem includes a pledge to attain ‘great lofty heights’ and a stern reminder that ‘the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”.
On his part, Mr. Olayinka Olusola Michael explained that the drive to be educationally and professionally successful may also be linked to Nigeria’s well-known optimism.
“When your culture is preternaturally positive despite often brutal political, health and social conditions, optimism drives and inspires you to expect success in almost any circumstance”, he said.
Other government officials present at the launch are: Ayuba Birma, former Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Officials of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Mr. Olaoluwaseyi Silvannus Kehinde Aiyeleso (OSKA), Ekiti State Holdings and other support from private organisation.
The book launch was supported by the Plateau State Deputy Governor Prof. Sonni Tyoden and his wife H:E Mrs Abigail Tyoden, Ministry of Women Affairs, Pauline K. Tallen, Minister for Women Affairs, Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, James Sule.