A cultural anthropologist from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Professor Karin Barber has reiterated the need to understand African cultural norms and values, adding that it is germane to understanding the diversification of humanity. She made this assertion while delivering the maiden edition of Fountain University Distinguished University Lecture in Osogbo recently.
In her presentation titled African Popular Culture and Creative Innovations: Some Reflections on Yoruba Oral Poetry and Travelling Theatre in Osun State, the first class anthropology don explained that understanding African cultural values and historical customs would help in having an appropriate reflection over the past as well as control on the present and future of the continent. She concluded that the diversified culture of the continent is a source of rich insight into the cultural resources of Africa.
In his own welcome address, the FUO Vice Chancellor, Prof. Amidu Olalekan Sanni said the Distinguished University Lecture Series was put in place to improve the visibility of the university through an enhanced communal interface with the general society. He said that this would lead to improved revenue base through increased student enrolment, expanded networking, greater visibility, international collaboration, cutting-edge researc and enhanced entrepreneurial activities.
The programme had in attendance distinguished guests from all nooks and crannies of the country among which are the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Larooye II, Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdrasheed Olabomi, President, NASFAT Worldwide, Engr. Kamil Bolarinwa; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Fountain University, Alhaji Yinka AbdWaheed Adeola, Chief Missioner NASFAT, Alhaji Ma’ruf AbdAzeez Onike. Other dignitaries that were also at the event included Chairman, NASFAT BOT, Alhaji Abdlateef Wale Olasupo, Secretary, FUO BOT, Alhaji Yinka Yahya, Chairman, NASFAT Elders’ Council, Alhaji Y.O. Salisu; Chief Imam of Osogboland, Sheikh Musa Rabiu Animashaun, representatives of the Vice Chancellors of UNIOSUN, Al-Hikmah University, Summit University and Obafemi Awolowo University amongst others.