Renowned scholars and Nigerian University Dons, who spoke at the opening of the 4th Education and Humanities International Conference with the theme ‘Humanities and the Arts in a Global World: Traditions and New Directions’, have stressed the need for a stronger and vigorous advocacy for the development and promotion of the arts and humanities.
The conference was recently hosted by Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo in Ogun State.
The event, which was held inside the Super Hall of the institution, had distinguished scholars and guests from far and near in attendance.
The scholars and the university dons observed that the continued marginalisation and relegation of the humanities is the bane of development on the African continent and called for the immediate recognition of the many benefits of the arts and humanities, noting that a speedy investment in the humanities sector shall restore societal harmony and wealth creation.
Prof. Ademola S. Tayo, President and Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, set the ball rolling by advising scholars in the academia to always relate to new developments in their areas of specialisation.
The VC stated that Arts and Humanities combine knowledge with creativity and spirituality hence practitioners in the fields must learn how to apply their expertise in the service of humanity by keeping abreast of the new developments and global happenings in their fields.
According to the former VC of the University of Ibadan, Prof, Ayo Banjo, represented by Prof. Adekunle Adeniran, arts and humanities is a multi disciplinary vocation, which comprises diverse areas of engagement such as literature, culture, history language and linguistics, religion, philosophy, arts and crafts, sculpture, drama as well as music, which has been unduly marginalised and relegated in the academia.
Prof. Adeleke Fakoya of the Lagos State University (LASU), also hinted that the humanities have a lot to offer the global economy, adding that unlike the global interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), there is the need to launch a new agenda for the Humanities in the 21st century.