NOT enough is being done to help conserve our traditional culture.
And this is the reason Xavier College student Makereta Dugu joined the Digicel Ba Riverside Carnival.
The 19-year-old from Sasa Village in Ba said she was saddened by the number of young people being influenced by western cultures and forgetting their traditional roots.
"I joined this carnival because I wanted to be part and parcel of the celebrations as part of Ba's 75th anniversary as well," she said.
"I would like to raise more awareness with regards to the conservation of our culture as I believe this is something that is lacking with our youths.
"This could be one of the factors that is leading to an increase in the number of teenage pregnancies nowadays."
She said the carnival would be a good place to advocate on the issue because many youths would be present.
As one of the youngest contestants, she expects the event to be a huge challenge.
"However, it will be a very good learning opportunity for us. Training has been commencing well for us.
"I am hoping this carnival builds on to my self-esteem and public speaking skills as well. This will be great for my future as well as I am hoping to become a flight attendant and this carnival will assist with my people skills."
Miss Dugu is banking on family support to pull her through the challenges of the pageant.
"I am the second eldest of four siblings. My family has been very supportive of me through this time. I urge the people of Ba to come to the festival and show how proud they are of where they come from."