It is really disheartening the way our women are losing their traditional items of beautification out of which plaiting of hair (ion didi) takes the prime place to the western culture.
Of course we all know that the hair is the beauty of the woman and ‘ion didi’ has different kinds of styling which enhance her beauty and portray her as a truly dignified African woman. But unfortunately today there is an unstoppable erosion of our cultural heritage in all ramifications rampaging the whole Yoruba land. For example how many of our Ondo youths today can dance correctly to kumbe, adan or lekoto music, how many of our girls still dress in iro, buba and gele when they are on outing.
Ion didi is just one item of beautification among our womenfolk there is also the application of tioo and osun but all these seem to have died a natural death and it should not be so. Gradually we are losing our identity and this is why the FG has reviewed both primary and secondary school curriculum to include Cultural and Creative Arts as a core subject.
Written By:Pa Oluade Akinfemiwa