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UI Dons, CBAAC Task Nigerians On Preservation Of Cultural Heritage


THE Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, has again drawn the attention of Nigerians to the need to revitalise and preserve the black cultural heritage for posterity.

Prof. Adewole said this when the Director General of the Centre for Black and African Arts Civilization (CBAAC), Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Ferdinand Ikechukwu Anikwe, paid him a courtesy call on Tuesday, March 10.

The VC, who was represented by his Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Emilolorun Aiyelari noted that most of our cultural norms and values are gradually eroding, stressing that there is no more respect for elders compared to what was obtained in the past. 

The don lamented that the home videos being watched today do not project our true image. Despite this, he lauded the Nigerian film industry for projecting true-life stories of events compared to what is obtained in other parts of the world.

He stated that the university is committed to the development of the country through the promotion of the African culture and as well willing to partner with CBAAC to achieve its mandate.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Executive and Director-General, CBAAC, Ferdinand Ikechukwu Anikwe, noted that the Centre took off from the University of Ibadan, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the school in 2007. 

Prof. Aiyelari said the centre was a Pan African initiative designed to celebrate black culture, adding that CBAAC was born after FESTAC 1977 and was given the mandate to project Pan African culture.

Anikwe said his visit aimed at seeing how the school could help to repackage Nigeria and to project new and positive image for the country, so, as to improve its rating among the comity of nations. 

The CBAAC’s boss, however, frowned at the negative reports of Nigeria by the news media, saying this should not be the case.

“The Centre has plans to repackage, retain, revise, project and promote the African culture for global understanding,” he said.

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