Reverend Emmanuel Bowier, a promoter of Liberia’s culture, has underscored the importance of culture, which he believes could be revamped to attain its prewar status, when local troupes used to compete with culture troupes from other African nations.
The former Information Minister made the comment recently at the memorial service of Christiana Weah, a Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) dancer, whose death has left a vacuum in the entity’s theater crew. Christiana died on May 18 following a period of illness and has since been buried.
According to Rev. Bowier, it is an indisputable fact that no society can exist without culture; knowing that culture is the way of life of a people. Therefore, every society, no matter its size or population, exists with certain cultural values and norms.
Liberia, he said, is not exempt from this practice.
Rev. Bowier is of the opinion that Liberians must propagate cultural practices passed on by their forefathers.
“Culture, is one of the dynamic features that make up Liberian societies or communities. However, it is sad to note that not much attention is being paid to this aspect of the country by citizens, traditional leaders and the government, especially the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism,” Bowier said.
“We are behind today,” he continued,” because culture is not supported as it should be. There are many hidden talents in our country that if tapped can contribute to the national transformation that we yearn to see.”
Rev. Bowier then cautioned the media against reporting only on politics, calling on them to include cultural activities in their respective reportage, because culture inherently possesses the true character of the people and nation.
Liberia’s traditional dancers and artists, he said, dominated the whole of Africa in the 1970s and some part of the ‘80s with splendid performances.
To the bereaved family, Rev. Bowier said: “Life is easy when you are up on the mountain as well as when you have a peace of mind that you have never known, but when things change and you find yourself in the valley, don’t despair because you are never alone.”
He called on LCP to remain firm and committed to serve God even though death has snatched away one of its best dramatists, singers and servants.
Earlier, LCP Executive Director, Juli Endee, assured the bereaved family of the institution’s commitment to look after the deceased’s children by putting them to school, as well as providing for their socioeconomic welfare.
Paygar, as the late Christiana Weah was commonly called, joined the LCP in 1998 and remained a very wonderful friend to everyone including senior staffers. She participated in several national and international festivals, winning credible awards.
Madam Endee later presented L$100,000 to the bereaved family for their upkeep, a four year scholarship to Christiana’s daughter, who is attending one the universities in Monrovia, and scholarship for her son, who is a prospective 12th grader.
The memorial service was held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street in Monrovia with hundreds of friends, family members and sympathizers in attendance.