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In a world where culture is a primitive component of identification that sets one group of people apart from another, appreciating the resulting differences and or similarities brings people together. The subject of the essay is not to criticize or compare condescendingly one culture against another, but rather to expressly show the creative and distinct patterns that exist among cultures. The items selected for this appreciation is the dress code, eating habits and education system.
Dress code in African culture is very strict especially for girls, whereby girls should wear long skirts or dresses in a way that does not reveal their body parts. When a girl is serving meals to elders she should tie a lesso (a piece of cloth worn around the waist) around her waist as a sign of respect. The men on the other hand are not supposed to put on accessories such as studs, make up, and neck chains or even keep long hair.
In contrast, the western culture does not put emphasis on the strictness of dress code but rather applauds decent but creatively diverse and fashionable lingerie. However, in both cultures, the common denominator is to look presentable and be dressed according to the occasion and the dictates of the weather or workplace. There is also another form of similarity when it comes to occupational dress codes that are a prerequisite even though color and design may vary from industry and country to country.
African culture constitute in an assortment of traditional delicacies that are served in round table meal times to extended families and friends. On the other hand, the western culture displays a different turn on the table where most families are nuclear and they enjoy ordering out or having a chef cook food for them. The similarity in the cultures shows a key concern in provision of balanced diet.
Education system in most African nations provides general and non-specific career oriented subjects at both elementary and high school level. Career subjects are introduced much later in life so that if someone doesn’t make it to college level they never really have a career to say the least. The western culture contrastingly provides for early career-interest guidance for children so that careers are encouraged and developed at a tender age.
Another difference is that African education curriculum constitutes in more theoretical than practical studies putting emphasis on abstract and lay courses rather than concrete and empirical studies. The latter is a keeping of most western cultures. The similarities in the education culture entail the provision of education to cater for a growing need in literacy and focus on wealth creation through advancement of knowledge.
In conclusion, the relative relationships between these two cultures only show the different human perspectives to the same cultural components. The African and Western cultures may be varied but they portend the same concerns for everyday life. The object of each culture is to promote and sustain a conducive and creative environment where her people can live under codes acceptable to the masses. Each culture has within it the potential for good and the ability to adopt and change with a changing world and that is what should be emphasized.