Communities have been urged to be true to their culture and tradition and desist from embracing and celebrating alien cultures at the expense of their own values that are ideal in promoting and building cohesion and oneness of the nation.

Addressing scores of people who gathered at Deporess school to celebrate the country’s rich cultural diversity as well as to rediscover cultural passion through poetry, song, and cultural exhibitions, the Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Owen Ncube called on the nation to revere and appreciate its rich heritage.

Also speaking at the Provincial Culture Week in Zhombe, Cde Ncube bemoaned the rate at which people are embracing foreign cultures and abandoning their own.

“It is high time people learn to protect their own values and norms rooted in culture. The government encourages and supports partnerships that can stimulate the arts and culture into contributing to the country’s economy,” said Minister Ncube.

Zimbabwe’s culture week celebrations began in 2002 to bring together diverse arts and cultural activities of the sub-region and other parts of the world for public consumption.