The Carnegie African Diaspora Program in collaborations with the Centre for Oral Traditions in Africa (COTA); Centre for Ìlọrin Manuscipts and Culture; School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management; and Department of Religions, History and Heritage Studies, Kwara State University, Màlété conducted a weeklong workshop on Oral History and Documentation Methodologies. The workshop was declared open on Monday 10th June, 2019 by the Vice Chancellor of KWASU, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah at the KWASU International Conference Centre, Sáńgò, Ìlọrin.
The Vice Chancellor said that such an exposure would further bring progress and development to society and empower students to be self reliant. He also noted that the program would be intellectually resourceful to fashion out ways of transforming the society.
The workshop was presented by Professor Bala Saho, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, from University of Oklahoma,USA, who is a visiting Professor to Kwara State University, Màlété, in collaborations with Dr. Hakeem Ọláwálé ( COTA Coordinator), Mr. Ismail Òtukókó (History Dept.) and Mr. Festus Agbeyan (KWASU Gallery). Group work on selected texts on Oral History/Sources and Documentations was done by participants.
There was a traditional performance of dùndún/ṣẹ̀kẹ̀rẹ̀ by Alhaji Raheem Igijẹ́gẹ́dẹ́. Also, part of the weeklong program were scheduled interview with Dr. Jáígbadé Àlàó (Ìlọrin Traditional singer), Alhaji Raheem Igijẹ́gẹ́dẹ́ (Ìlọrin traditional singer) and Alhaji L.A.K. Jimọh who is an author and expert on Ìlọrin history and politics. There was also an escursion to National Museum, Èsìẹ́ and Imọlẹ̀bọ́jà Cave at Kájọla near Odò-Ọwá, all in Kwara State.