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Title:The role of historical societies in Nigeria's development
Authors:Ochefu, Yakubu A.ISNI
Ogbogbo, Chris B.N.
Year:2005
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History (ISSN 0850-3079)
Issue:13-14
Pages:87-99
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:historiography
associations
history education
development
History, Archaeology
Nigeria--History
History--Societies, etc.
Abstract:The Historical Society of Nigeria, established in 1955, is the oldest registered professional academic association in Nigeria. Its main focus is the promotion of Nigerian and African history globally. It does so through research, publications, conferences, seminars and trainings. The HSN has acted as a midwife for several affiliated associations, including the Bonny Historical Society and the Students Historical Society of Nigeria. This article takes the case of Nigerian historical societies as a starting point to discuss the question of why people come together to promote the cause of historical studies. It argues that this is because of the intrinsic utilitarian values of history. There is a close relationship between the 'role of history in national development' and the 'role of historical societies in national development'. By appreciating the role of history in society, the place of historical societies in national development can be appreciated. The authors argue that it is important to discuss this, because historical studies have been the subject of brutal assualts by successive Nigerian governments, and historical studies have been virtually extinguished from primary and secondary school curricula in the country. Bibliogr., ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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