“Sociology is both Science and Art,”- Hon. Adesina Kawonise
The former Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Ogun State, Hon. Adesina Kawonise, has described Sociology as both Science and Art, at the recently concluded 3rd Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Sociology, held in Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota.
Hon. Kawonise, who is also the 2015 Governorship aspirant of the Labour Party in Ogun State, is a seasoned Sociologist. The seminar, titled, ‘Sociological Knowledge, the Media and Politics in 21st Century Nigeria,’ attracted participants from across the State.
In his lecture, Hon. Kawonise explained that Sociology is both Science and Art, while a Sociologist is a permanent student of the society. “A Sociologist, therefore, is anyone trained in the Science and art of studying and understanding social institutions, interactions and processes as well as the outcomes and consequences,” he explained.
While explaining the benefits of Sociological knowledge, he stated, “Sociological knowledge gives deeper understanding of the political process and is also a tool of empowerment in the political process.”
Hon. Kawonise described politics as a social process and social interaction aimed at acquiring and exercising authority and power. A clear difference from the Nigerian definition, which he described as ‘the allocation of scarce resources and the scheming and struggle for power to control the government of a defined territory.’
He advised students aspiring to get into politics to start from ward membership. He emphasized that there is no hard and fast rule about becoming a politician, but harnessing the sociological training received would go a long way to give one an edge as a politician.
Present at the seminar, were the Deputy Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dr. Daniel Gberevbe; HOD, Sociology, Dr. Tayo George; former Deputy Dean, School of Human Resources, Professor Patrick Edewor; Professor Kunle Amuwo; a Senior Fulbright Scholar, Professor Nana Derby; faculty, staff and students as well as members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.