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Title:The Contribution of the University of Ibadan to the Spread of the Study and Teaching of African History within Africa
Author:Omer-Cooper, J.D.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:history education
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Abstract:Prior to 1954 the emphasis in history was on British and European history. The appointment of K. Dike to the headship of the Department of History in 1954 marked the beginning of significant changes in this regard. la 1956 courses in African history were included in the syllabus. A number of Nigerian scholars were recruited. Substantial research projects were launched, giving rise to many publications on Benin and the Yoruba. The National Archives were set up. After independence African history replaced the predominance of British and European history. The Ibadan History Series of Longmans provided a long list of publications most concerned with Nigerian history. The Department of History played a part in the establishment of the National Historical Society in 1955. The Society played a very important role by the introduction of courses on African history in secondary schools. Members of the Department wrote textbooks for teachers and pupils. The journal 'Tarikh' was published and played an important role in enabling teachers of African history to keep up with developments. Bibliogr.