The need to revive our cultural heritage in the Lake Chad region -By Adeyemo Fadeelah Adeyemo


The Lake Chad region, which was classified as the largest freshwater lake in Africa, was also occupied by some areas with seasonal surfaces from year to year. It is located in west-central Africa and includes Niger, Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon. It is notable for important archaeological finds, its role in trans-Saharan trade, and its connection to historic African kingdoms and ancient cultural heritage.

Conservatively, the countries featured under the territory were shrouded in scholarly, historical, and everyday cultural heritage that served as a plausible way to develop the fun feelings of these lands and kingdoms. Meanwhile, there are other cultural heritage enterprises that were artificially created by our ancestors or naturally formed and reorganized to maintain the cultural values ​​of the regions in the Lake Chad region.

In a few of the Lake Chad regions of Nigeria, especially Yobe, Borno and Bauchi states, several amazing cultural heritages have been preserved as historical sites for tourism and to honor the younger generations. In ancient times, the region was enriched with various sources of fishing, agriculture and animal husbandry; irrigation; how its water sustains people; and other economic activities.

The region has grown and contributed immensely to maintaining and expanding the value of this vital cultural heritage, but the regions continually face the challenge of losing the mass attention of people who are likely personalized by cultures not relevant, while the majority live without any knowledge of these interesting cultures. cultural heritage practices and places. It should be important to give people the full story of the rich cultural heritage of the Lake Chad region and to reinvent ways to engage them in supporting these cultures.

The need to revive cultural heritage in the Lake Chad region is significant as these places are intended as historical backdrops that are essential to maintaining the image of the people living in the areas of the region. It easily generates revenue from tourism management and helps to gain knowledge about history.

Specifically, some states, such as Borno, Yobe, and Bauchi, have an exciting cultural heritage that has a broad origin in the life of ancestors and closely brings effective development for the regions, their government, and society as a whole. For example, in Yobe State, there are many places that were founded naturally and artificially to enhance the cultural standard of the Lake Chad region. However, in the local areas of Yobe State, most often in the emirate palace, the cultural heritage was highly valued and practiced in a series of annual or basic characteristics. Cultural heritage places and occasions in Yobe State are Daura former settlement, Baden fishing and cultural festival, Daniski former settlement, Bakarau festival, Birnin Ngazargamu, spring water from Dokshi, Dagona Bird Sanctuary, Dufuna Canoe and Tulo-Tulowa, “The Desert Land of Hope.”

Therefore, Yobe State has a crucial cultural heritage of “Dufuna Canoe”, which was discovered near the Yobe River region. The canoe was discovered by a Fulani shepherd in May 1987 around the village of Dufuna while digging a well. The canoe is made of almost black wood, and it is said to be African mahogany, as a completely organic material According to research by universities in Europe, the canoe belongs to archaeological terms, which had about 8,500 years old, making it the oldest African boat.

Likewise, Borno State was not left outstanding as it involves different forms of cultural heritage and they continued to revamp the status of these settlements and practices to appeal to people on the importance of engaging to increase the opportunity to focus on building a healthy society with the cultures within. the region. Examples of cultural heritage enterprises around Borno State include: Shehu of Borno Palace, Sanda Kyarimi Park Zoo, Rabe’s Fort in Dikwa, Lake Chad Game Sanctuary, Lake Tilla, Jarry Falls and Borno State Museum.

Among other most valuable and important cultural heritage places and occasions, some of this cultural heritage is decommissioned due to poor maintenance and failure of the government to give much attention to these areas for a appropriate redesign and development in order to appeal to the minds of tourists for excessive reasons. investment.

Therefore, the government should approve the restructuring of these places in such a way that people find them more attractive than what they currently look like (dilapidated). The government can make the necessary changes to secure revenue streams in the tourism and cultural development sectors. It will also draw public attention to the importance of preserving cultural heritage

By Adeyemo Fadeelah Adeyemo, student at the University of Maiduguri, mass communication department.

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