Covenant University signs Pact with CEBAAC
Covenant University and the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CEBAAC) on Thursday, March 3, 2016, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose of promoting their joint interest in culture, using their respective areas of strength.
The University, through its Department of Sociology shall collaborate with the Centre to organise and finance programmes/activities that would be mutually beneficial and contribute towards the achievement of corporate goals of the parties. Such programmes and activities, according to the scope of the MoU, shall include conferences, lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia among others.
While giving an overview of the MoU at the brief event which took place at the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference room, the Head of Department, Sociology, Dr. Tayo George, noted that Sociology studies all aspects of human society which include culture.
She explained that the MoU between the University and CEBAAC would foster a whole lot of benefits including research between the parties. “By this partnership, we will be able to come up with publications and organise conferences, seminars and other activities that will impact the society to bring back the forgotten culture,” she said.
The Director-General, CEBAAC, Ozo Ferdinand Anikwe, who led an 8-man delegation to the event, remarked that the Centre is where Sociology, Political Science and History meet with practice. He added that the Centre is also promoting public interest, appreciation and understanding of the Blackman, his history and civilisation.
The Centre, according to him, was created after the Festival of African Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) in order to retain and promote the spirit of understanding and cultural value of all blacks in Africa and in diaspora.
He expressed delight that Covenant University, which he said, is breaking through in many areas, was partnering with the Centre and noted that the partnership would create knowledge economy and wealth by falling back to the tradition which many people have not been able to identify with. “We copied British and America’s administrative structures and failed. The only thing that can make us survive is our unique and independent way of life as well as returning to our roots,” he explained.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks decried what he called outright relegation of African cultural values and social norms. Quoting the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, he said, “It does not matter how long you have gone on a wrong road, until you retrace your steps, you may not get to that destination.”
Professor Ayo also in the words of Dr. Oyedepo said, “’It doesn’t have to be white to be right.’ That is, we don’t have to copy the Western culture in totality to address our own domestic issues.”
He promised that the University would work with the Centre by showcasing products and ingenuity of Africans to bring about the rebirth of Nigeria and African culture. “A seed is being sown today and it is the collective responsibility of both parties, that is, Covenant University, by extension, the Department of Sociology and members of the Centre to see how to move the nation forward,” he said.