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Title:The Development of Yoruba Studies in Nigeria at the University Level, 1948-1980
Author:Awoniyi, Adedeji
Periodical:Africana Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:literary education
Yoruba language
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The changing status of Yoruba studies in Nigeria is linked with historical circumstances and the changing sociopolitical environment. In the nineteenth century Yoruba was closely associated with missionary efforts to win converts. Indigenous languages were derided and largely ignored in formal schooling in favour of English. When the university College of Ibadan was established in 1948, Nigerian languages were relegated to the background and no serious efforts were made to incorporate their teaching into the curriculum until more than ten years later, with the founding in 1962 of a Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages. The present importance of Yoruba studies and the increased status of the Yoruba language are traceable to a new cultural responsibility in the wake of political independence. Identity has become an important element of political strategy and educational institutions have begun to reassess their roles as bearers of culture. In this respect it is essential for the university also to relate its activities to the common man. App., ref. Bibliogr. on Yoruba studies p. 30-33.