OKIRIKA VIRGINS PARADE:FIGHTING MODERNISM AND MAINTAINING DIGNITY OF WOMANHOOD

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Okirika , a community in the outskirts of Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State noted for oil and gas industry has one amazing culture. Every year, maidens of the community come out yo showcase their virginity and also it avails them the opportunity to bring their suitors home.

Today in Africa, the continent is faced with the twin issues of globalization and Westernization and thus eroding the culture of indigenous people. With the Advent of religion cultures like this are viewed as peganistic which just lies.

Okirika has maintained this culture to promote sexual sanity and reduce promiscuity. As the maidens showcase their virginity, the need to uphold the culture and ways of life comes to the fore again.

Some people have said that this culture debases women while the Christians have called it satanic while the moralist have said that it promotes nudity! But one thing we must all agree is that the culture has turned to tourist attraction for the state , which is a clear departure from the oil economy and also promote sanctity of marriage.

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