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Osinbajo turns first sod of Yoruba World Centre at UI

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
01 November 2021   |   2:48 am
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will on November 23, 2021 turn the first sod of the Yoruba World Centre inside the University of Ibadan.

[FILES] Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will on November 23, 2021 turn the first sod of the Yoruba World Centre inside the University of Ibadan.

He will be joined by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and eminent Yoruba leaders, under the chairmanship of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

The three-in-one occasion, as being put together by the International Centre for Yoruba Arts And Culture, Institute of African Studies and Yoruba Language Centre of the university, will feature the opening of the Centre’s temporary abode, presentation of a full documentary on the Yoruba World Centre and laying of the first foundation at the permanent site by the Vice President.

The Centre, when completed, will have a big library, an archive, a museum, a recreation centre, reconstruction and digitising centre, a broadcasting and film village and an artificial forest.

A member of the Board of Trustees of INCEYAC and Publisher of Alaroye newspaper, Alao Adedayo, said the centre would serve as a one-stop shop, among others offering old, new, recreated and reconstructed materials for researchers, lecturers, students, authors, journalists, historians and members of the public interested in Yoruba history, arts and culture as a tool for nation-building, national cohesiveness and mutual understanding.

He said: “Being the largest user of Yoruba language (in print) in the world today, and because of our daily interactions with the language, arts, culture and history of the people, through our newspaper – Alaroye, we can confirm that there is no one institution in the entire world where researchers, or anyone at all, can stay to conduct and complete works on the history, arts and culture of the Yoruba people.

“And we believe there should be one to help us in nation-building. Thus, it is a great development that INCEYAC and the University of Ibadan are in this together. We are equally optimistic that proud sons and daughters of Yorubaland and other friends of the elitist tribe will rise up to the occasion of supporting this project in whatever way they can.”