Retired Archbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Ayo Ladigbolu, says being a devout Christian can not separate him from his culture and tradition.
Ladigbolu made this assertions on Saturday in Oyo town, Oyo State, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on his involvement in the promotion of Yoruba culture.
According to him, his involvement in cultural issues is because he is a product of culture.
Ladigbolu, who is also a prince of Oyo Kingdom, said: “As products of our culture, we are who we are, what we are, what we eat, what we speak, where we go and where we live.
“All these are because of our culture. Our culture determines all these.
“We are all products of our culture and religion is just one aspect of human culture.”
He said that most global cultures appreciate the part that religion plays in the development and sustenance of human culture generally.
“So, if I am a Christian and an Archbishop, it does not separate me from my culture of being an Oyo prince, it does not separate me from my culture of growing up in the palace.
“From my culture of knowing how to sing Yoruba songs, how to dance to Yoruba music, and how to even understand the words of God from the perspective of a Yoruba man.
“So, I am involved in anything culture in Yorubaland and Nigeria, because it is an obligation,” the retired Archbishop said.
Ladigbolu added that as a Yoruba man, he should be able to use his knowledge, influence and understanding of life to promote Yoruba culture.
“Yoruba culture is wholesome, rich, vibrant and productive. It should be promoted to show the best aspect of it to the world.
“So, my involvement in cultural issues is based on the fact that I am a property of culture.
“And, I should be able to use my knowledge, influence and understanding of life to promote my culture.
“The totality of Yoruba culture is wholesome and it is productive. The rich and vibrant Yoruba culture belong to us. We should promote it and show the best aspect to the world,” he said.
Ladigbolu said that the Yorubas had been known to be a nation of people who are vibrant, vigorous, determined, focussed, hardworking and intelligent.
He said the Yorubas excel everywhere they found themselves and are always on top.
“We are a forward looking people. We should not give up, we should persevere.
“We should continue to do our best to contribute to wherever we find ourselves at this moment, so that our spirit of excellence should not be allowed to disappear because we are in trepidation,” Ladigbolu said.