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Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 12:34pm On Nov 19, 2013
[size=18pt]Nairaland Interschool Debate: Elimination Stage[/size]

Ladies and gentlemen, the educational aficionados, the cerebral analysts and pundits, respected Nairaland intelligentsia and commentariat, observers and watchers all well respected Nigerian students both in Nigeria and Abroad, it's our pleasure to welcome you to the First phase and the Elimination round of the First edition of the NAIRALAND INTERSCHOOL DEBATE between the gladiator of NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY[img]http://www.nairaland.com/attachments/1403608_ndu-logo-e1369044111925_jpegeb634dfbab78107fc9b5e588955f87a3[/img] and that of UNIVERSITY OF BENIN


[size=28pt]NDU(supporting.) VS UNIBEN(opposing.)[/size]



[size=18pt]Topic:WESTERN CIVILIZATION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO OUR CULTURE
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CHIEF COORDINATOR
Olawalebabs
Fynestboi
Richiez

COORDINATORS
(mr and miss)
BOAY
ALICIA KEYS
HONEYDEAR
ABU MIKEY
KESSY
MISCALLENOUS
ONWORDI
AGROVICK
WILL007


Cordinators Incharge:
Fynestboi and Onwordi

Judges:
Obinoscopy
Uju _ Sizzle


Date:
Saturday 30th of November.


Time:
1pm-4pm No African time angry angry grin grin

Venue: Nairaland Education Section





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Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 12:36pm On Nov 19, 2013
PROCEDURES

12:55 -- Debaters and judges take seats, register presence

1:00 -- Coordinators boay and agrovick declare the debate open

1:00 - 1:20 -- Debaters post their arguements within 15 minutes, its advisable debaters use less than 750 words to make it easier for the judges to read, there is no harm in having more than 750 words but the arguements must not exceed 850 words

1:20 – 2:20pm - A debater takes on his opponent, attempts to puncture his opponent’s points. This a debater does by quoting, highlighting the area to puncture and countering it i.e regular way to reply on Nairaland. While this is going on the judges can take their time to go through the write ups by the debaters. And also Debaters respond to punctured areas in his earlier arguments. He may buttress further. At this time frame.

2:20 – 2:40pm – Judges post questions to debaters either based on what the debater has posted or just reasonable question within the theme. Judges should be specific as to who they are posting the questions to. E.g “Mr ...., could you expatiate what you meant by so so so? or ...., pls give examples of your claim that xxxx”. This is not compulsory. A judge that doesn’t have question to post to the debaters need not do so.

2:40 – 3:00pm – Debaters respond to questions raised by judges

3:00 – 03:20pm – 2 Questions will be entertained from the audience i.e viewers. This will be based on ‘fastest hand’. The coordinators will announce ‘audience, you may now ask your questions’. After the 2 questions have been posted, any other viewer-post will be hidden.
NOTE: -The judges and audience can throw their questions without quotations but the contestants should answer
with quotations and separated for each questions.

3:20 – 3:30 – Debaters respond to audience questions and concludes their arguments. Debaters who were not asked any questions can still conclude his/her arguments.

3:30 – 3:40 – Judges compile the scores and mail to coordinators: fynestboi@yahoo.com,j_onwordi@yahoo.com


3:40 – 4: 00pm Coordinators announce results. Thread thrown open for regular Nairaland discussion.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 12:36pm On Nov 19, 2013
JUDGING CRITERIA (5 marks each)
1. Presentation (opening, flow, closing,
response to judges questions,
audience questions and contestants
rebuttals)

2. Logic of arguments

3. Strength of facts, examples, cases.

4. Persuasiveness

5. Demonstration of knowledge and
understanding of the subject
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 12:37pm On Nov 19, 2013
RULES

1.) Two contestants representing their school in this Interschool Debate Elimination stage will have to confirm their availability for the debate a day before the debate proper. Failure to do so will result in the defaulter been disqualify and the opposing or supporting side that duely declare availabily will automatically be declare as the winner.

2.) The recommended font size is the default size (size 8.) and the colour is GREEN for the supporting side and BLUE for the opposing side. Please note that you are to use the designated colour all through the debate period.

3.) The essay should be min. 750 max. 1000 words .

4.) The use of SMS language and abbreviations are strictly forbidden.

5.) All materials used should be properly referenced at the end of the essay.

6.) All essays, responses and conclusion must be submitted within the stipulated time frame stated in the time schedule as posted by the coordinator
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 12:37pm On Nov 19, 2013
Please while the debate is going, only the debaters, judges, coordinators, Supermods(if need be) can post. It is only at the audience question window that a viewer can post on this thread. Pls let's comply, default attracts 3 hours ban(duration of the debate).

You can however comment simultaneously at thePlanning thread



Thank you.



Debate starts by 1:00pm on SATURDAY.

Come and witness the mother of all e-debates on the biggest section of the biggest online forum in Africa.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 12:26pm On Nov 30, 2013
Good day Ladies and Gentlemen,esteemed judges,nairalanders and visitors.You are highly welcome to the contest between NDU and UNIBEN.Representatives for NDU are getrichfast as chief speaker and elliotwiz as supporting speaker while Representatives for UNIBEN are i-am winner as chief speaker and the last nazgul as supporting speaker.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 12:57pm On Nov 30, 2013
Appraisal for UNBEN
UNIBEN.

ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
All over the wide wide world
Our fruitful works unfurl,
What we sow'd with joy and pride
With good our common goal
One heart and voice for all,
We heed the purple clarion call.

ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
Robed in your purple and gold
Clad in your fertile green hem
Knowledge for service untold
Between blue sky and red soil
Excellent hard work endure
We groom man and nation in
Spirits of Unibest pure
Come through our opened gate
Where fair play and merit dictate.

ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
God bless this our noble school
As we bid peace to reign
May we have no cause to mourn
But rejoice in gains achieved
We hope for place man will
Bring brain and brawn to build self still.

ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:01pm On Nov 30, 2013
Debaters and Judges kindly register your presence on the planning thread
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:04pm On Nov 30, 2013
I hereby declare the debate open...
Debaters can start posting their arguments.NDU first then UNIBEN.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:06pm On Nov 30, 2013
I wish all d debaters goodluck.May the best team win
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 1:09pm On Nov 30, 2013
No dulling debaters post your argument.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 1:10pm On Nov 30, 2013
Chief speaker NDU post your argument...
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:12pm On Nov 30, 2013
At this juncture there should be no post from anyone apart from the debaters.Judges and audience will be invited later to air their views
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by getrichfast: 1:12pm On Nov 30, 2013
WESTERN CIVILIZATION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO OUR CULTURE
Good day chairman, moderators as well as coordinators, co-debaters and my highly esteemed audience.

We are debating the resolution, “Western civilization has done more harm than good to our culture”. We on the affirmative team, support this with the following reasons:
Our culture is highly threatened by western civilization. Martin Luther King jr. once said “our most cherished values begin to end when we become silent over the things that matter”.
Culture can be defined as the way of life of a people in a given society. It is characterized by beliefs, customs, traditions, religions and others. A people’s culture can be seen in the food they eat, clothes they wear, music, dance and values (what is acceptable to them as a people). Nigerian cultures are diverse and varied; not static, and like most of the world, have been impacted upon by external forces.

During the post colonial era, African women and fashion played an important role in showcasing Africa’s beauty in what was then referred to as the Pride of the African Woman. They dressed with dignity and made sure all sensitive parts of their bodies were adequately covered. Practices such as indecent exposure; exposed cleavage, naked stomach and all other sensitive body parts were completely unacceptable to the African woman who placed her dignity above anything else.
Making reference to Nigeria, nowadays, the reverse is the case as females go around virtually naked, all in the name of fashion. This is as a result of influential celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce etc seen in magazines and on the media who dress inappropriately, convincing the youths of our time that what they see is what’s reigning. This indecent dressing brings about molestation from both sex, rape and the likes.

Secondly, according to an estimate, African girls of today spend more money on fashion than what they spend on food and books combined. From pedicure to manicure, skin bleaching cosmetics, hair relaxers, wigs, weaves, eyelashes, nails amongst others. Many ladies in the universities even go to the extreme; they blow part of their school fees on items that will make them look sexy.

Take Nigeria for example, it is estimated that Nigeria has a population of about 155million people with about 56% between the ages of 16-54years old. Out of this age group, women are more than 40million. The details are as follows;

Male = 44,296,228; Female = 42,534,542.

Therefore with over 40million women in Nigeria, if each one of them spends at least $1 dollar a week on any of the above items, how much will that be? At least, that is $40million dollars per week; making it about $150 million dollars per month. Mind you, this figure applies to Nigeria only. What about the women across all the 54 African countries combined?
Everyday, Korean and Brazilian families thank black women for giving their countries $16.4million dollars each. The low self-esteem of African women is making them very rich and they’re happy about that.
Throughout Africa, women spend billions of dollars every week to import Brazilian, Peruvian and Asian hair, European wigs, weavons etc, all because the African woman does not appreciate her God given natural beauty anymore. She bleaches her skin and spends so much on her hair because she wants to look Asian, European or American. She believes that is sexy! The result; cancer and other numerous untold consequences. At the same time, the African fashion has been thrown to the dogs. Africa therefore spends all this money to create jobs for Asia, Europe and America, whilst unemployment and poverty is becoming the destiny of some African people.

Thirdly, the problem of indecent exposure is not limited to the ladies. A very common practice with boys of today is ‘pant sagging’. It is believed that this originated in prisons of the U.S.A, as a way to display homosexuality. Therefore the male inmates had little or no difficulty in identifying the homosexuals in their midst if need be. In Nigeria, some males have crossed the boundaries of this so called fashion, as not only do they sag the trousers, but also boxers and pants as well. They copy foreign and local rap artistes and dress like hooligans, destroying their image before reputable people, companies and the society as a whole. How then do they expect to be employed by such companies, or make them employ people from the country based on the characters they have seen being exhibited by the youths and undergraduates?

In addition, the discovery of oil has helped immensely as well as caused a lot of damage. Before now, Nigerians could farm, feeding was never a problem, but after the discovery of oil, Agriculture was abandoned. Now, everyone wants to work in a company. Our problem is that we copy and fail to copy well. The white man has oil companies, and still has farms for food production, but all we want is the oil, forgetting Agriculture which is the mainstay of the country and potential major source of income.

In conclusion, another area affected greatly is our mode of dance. Before now, we all cherished our different cultural dances, but now that has been thrown to the dogs and the likes of dances like ‘alingo’, “azonto”, ‘break-dance’, ‘etigi’, etc are now making waves. Our culture is gradually fading away, and the western civilization is to be blamed for this.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have talked about the cultural, personal and social aspects of the harm caused by western civilization. Through these reasons we propose, it is clear that western civilization has done more harm than good to our culture.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Nobody: 1:14pm On Nov 30, 2013
Good day coordinators, judges, co-debators and the audience present. I'm Elliotwiz1 representing Niger Delta University and i'm supporting the topic "westernization has done more harm to the Nigerian culture" . . . .

Nigerians from pre-colonial era have peculia cultures which are evident in our way of life. However, the eventual contact with the western culture through colonialism has not only challenged the existence of our culture but also eroded it. It's very important to define the key terms "culture" and "westernization" for a better understanding of the topic..


Culture is that whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, laws, morals, customs and all other capabilities and habitats acquired by man as a member of a society. It is the combination of all the material and non-material values created by a society in the course of It's existence, these values include the way we dress, walk, speak, dance and everything developed by such a given society.



Westernization on the other hand is the assimilation of western
culture (European and American) . It is the adoption of western ideas and life style by other countries.



The negative impact of Westernization has since spread It's tentacles to every nook and cranny of the Nigerian state, thus influencing and changing the culture of many tribes in our country.Respectfor elders and the elderly is slowly eroding. In western Nigeria for instance, when was the last time you saw a young man prostrate for an elder or a young woman knelling for the grownups? Today it is mostly "hi" and
"hello" and "how you doing" with heads grudgingly bowed, if at all. Younger citizens can now boldly insult their parents, this is because
the African culture in all of us is gradually fading away due to the
influence of Westernization.


People no longer take care of the old,
they see old people as a burden to them. People now visit their grand
parents only when They're sick or during their funeral. In our
culture, the aged are the most respected in the society, They're the
substitutes of the present day professors and lawyers; they teach the young ones about the customs and make sure it is being followed. They even serve as entertainers at night when they tell folktales to the children, but today nobody cares about them, sad, isn't it? It's all because of the presence of Westernization.
¤¤Another visible effect can be seen on how people dress; many Nigerian women now wear wigs, clip-on hairs, fake nails, fake-eyelashes and stenciled eyebrows. You see a forty year old woman with skinny and
slick synthetic hairs. You see fifty year old men and women struggling to hide their true age, something that should be celebrated. Have you ever seen some of those fashion shows that are
organized in Lagos and Abuja? Models at the runway, catwalk, dressed like extra terrestial beings. At parties and at other social functions, you see men and women dressed in ways that offends decency, commonsense and good sense, due to Westernization.



Let us shift our attention to another trend that is by far worse than
that of indecent dressing. "Infidelity", before the spread of
Westernization,infidelity was something that was severely treated and
spoken against in Nigeria, should a man cheat on his spouse, that
man would be brought to the village square and flogged, but now all you see are married men/women engaging in the act, saying that There's absolutely nothing wrong with a man/woman cheating on his/her spouse.



To the Nigerian traditional man, "homosexuality"is an alien word and
should one try to explain it to him, he will rebuke you with all the
might he can muster. Be that as it may, homosexuality is now becoming
as morally right as infidelity and indecent dressing, although the
national assembly has banned the act, this does not stop many from engaging in it. Something that was a taboo decades ago is now becoming
a part of our culture because of the encroachment of Westernization.




Westernization has also destroyed the close relationship that exists
between family members. In Nigerian cultures, a family consists of the
father, mother, children and the "extended family". The western
culture has eliminated the extended family from the system. The
extended family members who are supposed to settle minor disagreements among couples are no longer present and this has lead to the
separation of many couples. The absence of the extended family in the system has done so much harm that couples now divorce even because of bedspace and toothpaste.




Westernization has also affected the communal and social security system negatively. Before now, families were connected with an invisible bond, members of different families shared things amongst
themselves, they always supported the next family, for instance every family in a community would contribute financially to bury the dead of one family, but now this is becoming history.

Citizens of a society based on African culture can freely walk into their neighbour's house and join a meal freely, he would be welcomed warmly; but today, trying that would lead to an "assault". People no longer care about others, a victim may be screaming for help but get now don't care. A drifter who asks for direction from passers-by may either be ignored totally or insulted. This is because We're all trying to act like Europeans. We try to be like them without knowing why they live that way.




Presently, to be African is to be backward and untouched by the wind
of civilization and modernity. Yet years before the east or west,
Africa was the centre of the universe, the beginning of mankind and the source of all living things. Today Africans are relegated to the backwaters of humanity. Maybe i am lost or stuck in the 18th century, maybe i am oblivious to the changes that are now taking place in and around the country. Maybe i'm just too old fashioned to adapt to all the changes that are going on around me. Maybe! Change is good, but
some of the changes i see are worth spitting on...

Thank you smiley
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 1:17pm On Nov 30, 2013
Chief Speaker Uniben can now post your argument follow by Second speaker.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:25pm On Nov 30, 2013
If the chief speaker is unavailable.the supporting speaker can carry on.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Nobody: 1:25pm On Nov 30, 2013
All protocols duly observed, my name is Winner and I am here before you all to vehemently oppose the notion that says WESTERN CIVILIZATION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO THE SOCIETY.

A definition of Western civilization would be a good place to start with. According to the free online dictionary, Western civilizations can be seen as the modern culture of western Europe and North America.
The world has been changing due to the growing influence of western cultures; and a result of these many people from different nations particularly our blessed nation nigeria come in contact with new ways of life that are totally unfamiliar to them. Today's generation, particularly the youth, are all out to ape the western culture. It has become a craze among the youth to have a lifestyle like that of westerners and the elders in the society state that our generation has become a slave of western culure. Some of the orthodox minds go further to stress that the western culture takes our youth to a wrong destination and that the strange behaviors of our youth is due to the ill effects of western culture.

I do not agree with the opinion that the western culture is ruining our society. This is absurd. The western culture, not only in our country but throughout the world is responsible to a great extent for bringing about development and change on social, economic, educational, scientific etc, fields thus making mankind to move towards progress. If one glances into the past, we find numerous examples where western cultural ethos has helped to remove superstitions, fallacies and disastrous acts from our own Nigerian culture.
One of such acts includes the killing of twins. It has long been a taboo in some parts of nigeria majorly the South-Eastern areas. Mothers who bore twins were thought to have had intercourse with Evil spirits and given birth to something monstrous and unnatural. The offsprings were brutally killed and the mother was shunned by her husband and cast out of the family. By 1915 however, following the Intervention by the British Government, Twins and Twin Mothers were fully integrated into their communities and not associated with Taboo. Other than the killing of twins; slave trade buisness, the caste system, Burying of people alive in the evil forest etc. were also disastrous acts that took place in the past. They were said to be deleterious to our society but thanks to western civilization, they have all been abolished.

All the happenings mentioned earlier are the gifts of western culture to our society. Western culture has not only removed many evils from our society but has also made concerted efforts to bring in equality among all people of the country. Therefore let us not blindly target the western culture for all the evils that raise its ugly heads in our soceity. It is the people who have to accept or reject cultural aspects of any culture to be adopted to our way of life. Thus there is an urgent need to strengthen the foundation of values in our lives so that we are capable of accepting the positve aspects and rejecting the negative aspects of any foreign culture. Hence let us not blame the western culture for all the adverse happenings in our society.

Having said all this, i stand to declare boldly that the notion WESTERN CIVILIZATION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD TO OUR SOCIETY is Invalid!.

Thank You.

REFERENCES
Benefits of Western culture by Tomazinho Cardozo.
Western influence on Chinese and Nigerian culture by Ifeoma Odinye and Ifeanyi Odinye.
Nigerian Peoples and Culture (second edition) by A.D. Nzemeke and E.O. Erhagbe.

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Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:30pm On Nov 30, 2013
2nd speaker you have the floor now
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by TheLastNazgul(m): 1:34pm On Nov 30, 2013
Good afternoon Moderators, Coordinators, my opponents in this gladiatorial contest and the viewing audience. I am the Last Nazgul, supporting speaker of the opposing team in today's contest.
Before delving into the heat of the debate, it is necessary that a lucid definition of the terms that comprise the topic at hand are provided. One such term is culture. Encarta defines culture as the patterns of behaviour and thinking that people living in social groups learn,share and create.' Culture is the benchmark of humans as it places him in a class of his own, distinguished him from others. Culture possesses certain intrinsic and unalienable features which sets it and those within it's ambit aside from others. First off, culture is symbolic, people craft or forge a culture as a means of understanding, identifying and communicating with each other within the perimeters of their group. Culture is also learned,it is not an innate concept, it is imbibed by constant exposure to and gradual indoctrination to it. Last but definitely not least, culture is adaptive. Culture is dynamic, it moves with the times. It is not static, it evolves, morphing regularly to keep up with the trend. This last feature is particularly important because it forms the crux of this educated dispute. Having defined culture, it's pertinent to move onto the next term, one which forms the actual crux of this contest- western civilisation, better known as western culture. Wikipedia defines this all important term thus 'Western culture, sometimes equated with Western
civilization,is a term used to refer to a heritage of social
norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems,
political systems, and specific artifacts and technologies
that have some origin or association with Europe'.
Western civilisation has made inroads into several spheres of our culture and the resultant effect of this incursion reminds me of the motto of the Olympic games- 'Citius,altius,fortius', 'swifter, stronger, higher'. These spheres of influence include-medicare,communication, transportation, technology et al. It is common knowledge that the continent of Africa lagged behind other continents at the turn of the last century as the ways(culture) of the denizens of the continent were relatively primitive and leagues behind the developmental strides that had swept through Europe,cue the industrial revolution. Western civilisation introduced and has continued to introduce modernity to the African continent. Backward and barbaric practices such as the killing of twins have been banished to the backwoods of oblivion, thanks to modernity. The lives and standard of living of the members of the African culture have improved drastically. Communication need not be done via the use of bonfires on hilltops, one need not go through all that stress anymore as civilisation has infused a plethora of better communication channels. Medicare has moved from the realm of applying herbal poultices to wounds and sundry other ailments to modern treatment techniques-antifungal drugs, antibiotics, anti-venom, to mention a few. Infrastructure has moved past the phase of mud houses to that of glorious edifices,skyscrapers, villas et al. A walk down any street will vindicate me. I could go on all day but the facts speak for themselves as the African culture has successfully and laudably adapted to the times.
I admit that western civilisation is not entirely innocuous or harmless but an attempt to paint civilisation in bad light as a malevolent concept is highly laughable and a tad hypocritical.
Thank you.

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Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:37pm On Nov 30, 2013
Debaters can now take on and counter their opponents argument.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:39pm On Nov 30, 2013
You have 1hr for that starting NOW
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by getrichfast: 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2013
i-am-winner:
A definition of Western civilization would be a good place to start with. According to the free online dictionary, Western civilizations can be seen as the modern culture of western Europe and North America.
The world has been changing due to the growing influence of western cultures; and a result of these many people from different nations particularly our blessed nation nigeria come in contact with new ways of life that are totally unfamiliar to them. Today's generation, particularly the youth, are all out to ape the western culture. It has become a craze among the youth to have a lifestyle like that of westerners and the elders in the society state that our generation has become a slave of western culure.

Rightly defined i must say. but i want to ask, what would happen if Nigeria developed itself. The westerners are humans like us, they don't have two heads. Wouldn't it be better to be slaves to our own initiated modern culture than to be slaves to that of another man's country?
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by JudeP(m): 1:49pm On Nov 30, 2013
i-am-winner please respond to the question directed at you.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by getrichfast: 1:51pm On Nov 30, 2013
The Last Nazgûl: Culture is the benchmark of humans as it's places him in a class of his own, distinguished him from others. Culture possess certain intrinsic and unalienable features which sets it and those within it's ambit aside from others.

From what you said here now, has copying the western culture placed us in a class of our own??
If culture truly has unalienable features which set it and others within it aside from others, how has abandoning our own culture and picking that of the white man set us aside from them??
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Nobody: 1:57pm On Nov 30, 2013
I-am-Winner:


All the happenings mentioned earlier are the gifts of western culture to our society. Western culture has not only removed many evils from our society but has also made concerted efforts to bring in equality among all people of the country. Therefore let us not blindly target the western culture for all the evils that raise its ugly heads in our soceity. .
I totally disagree wit you on this before №ω everyone was equal, everyone in a community would come together to deliberate on important issuesm every single person in a village would be represented through the family head, but not anymore.poor people are not allowed to speak up. Not even in religious gathering not to tak about political and social gatherings.
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 1:58pm On Nov 30, 2013
And whats stopping UNIBEN from responding to the rebuttal
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by getrichfast: 1:58pm On Nov 30, 2013
The Last Nazgûl: It is common knowledge that the continent of Africa lagged behind other continents at the turn of the last century as the ways(culture) of the denizens of the continent were relatively primitive and leagues behind the developmental strides that had swept through Europe,cue the industrial revolution. Western civilisation introduced and has continued to introduce modernity to the African continent.

It is seen that the Chinese, Japanese and the likes, even down to really bad countries like Bangladesh, Haiti etc. They all kept to that which they believed in, even if the westerners brought about civilization to our beloved continent, Nigeria was not the only country that experienced it, South Africa also did, so why is that of the Nigerians degrading and demoralizing our society today
Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by TheLastNazgul(m): 2:00pm On Nov 30, 2013
Elliotwiz1:



Westernization has also destroyed the close relationship that exists
between family members. In Nigerian cultures, a family consists of the
father, mother, children and the "extended family". The western
culture has eliminated the extended family from the system. The
extended family members who are supposed to settle minor disagreements among couples are no longer present and this has lead to the
separation of many couples. The absence of the extended family in the system has done so much harm that couples now divorce even because of bedspace and toothpaste.


I fully grasp the fact that you seek to pass off the western culture as an amoral one. I however find it difficult to understand the above quotation. Divorce has always been a part of the Nigerian culture though it is unpopular. That aside, mind throwing more light on this statements as per the western culture's supposed creating a wedge between a couple and their extended family members? While you are at it, you may very well explain the role extended family members play in the prevention of divorce .

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Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by Fynestboi: 2:04pm On Nov 30, 2013
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Re: Nairaland Interschool Debate:: WiNNER: UNIBEN by getrichfast: 2:06pm On Nov 30, 2013
I-am-Winner:
If one glances into the past, we find numerous examples where western cultural ethos has helped to remove superstitions, fallacies and disastrous acts from our own Nigerian culture.
One of such acts includes the killing of twins. It has long been a taboo in some parts of nigeria majorly the South-Eastern areas. Mothers who bore twins were thought to have had intercourse with Evil spirits and given birth to something monstrous and unnatural. The offsprings were brutally killed and the mother was shunned by her husband and cast out of the family.

i want to ask, don't you think the so called westerners have superstitions of their own??
Take for example the believe in vampires, zombies, witches riding broom sticks and the likes

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