By Gbenga Gbelee
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos; Professor Oluwatoyin
Ogundipe has cautioned Western countries against referring to early
Africans as illiterates.
While playing host to his counterpart from the University of West
Indies in Jamaica; Professor Hilary Beckles who was on an official
visit to the University of Lagos, Prof. Ogundipe emphasised that
many innovations have emanated from Africa to other parts of the
world, an indication that Africans have been civilised, innovative and
literate since time immemorial.
While harping on the need to harness and promote African
technologies for developmental transformation of the continent, the
Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos advocated collaborations
between Universities across Africa and other continents so as to
promote African values and attract research grants to Ivory towers in
Speaking earlier on the purpose of his visit to the University of Lagos,
the Vice Chancellor, University of West Indies, Jamaica; Professor
Hilary Beckles said the University is in the process of building
collaborations between Africa and the Caribbean for the purpose of
expanding the frontiers of knowledge.
Prof. Beckles noted that his visit is to seek synergy not only in the
academics but also culturally, politically and in as many fields as
possible for the benefits of both institutions and the African continent.
He noted that the University of West Indies is exploring the United
Nation’s declaration of 2015 to 2024 as ‘‘Decade for People of
African descent’’ to celebrate the uniqueness of Africa and also foster
relationships with Universities on the African continent.
Prof. Beckles was later hosted at the UNILAG Institute of African
and Diaspora Studies.
Hosted by the Director of the Institute and Incumbent Dean, Faculty
of Arts, Professor Olumuyiwa Falaiye, Prof. Beckles was treated to a
facility tour of the Institute, exhibitions and cultural performances.
Prof. Beckles was also hosted at the UNILAG Media centre where he
was live a guest on UNILAG Radio and Television.