I am delighted to introduce you to the Centre for Oral Traditions in Africa (COTA), Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete. The centre is primarily established for the collection, documentation, preservation and promotion of the traditions and cultural heritages of Kwara State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The increasing threat to our culture and cultures be they technological, socio-cultural, economical, religious, westernization and many of its imposing cultures require us to pay special attention to our cultural heritages and traditions to safeguard them for the future. As part of the activities of the centre, traditional artistes, poets, musicians, religious leaders will be invited to campus for performances and recordings. More importantly, the centre will also endeavour to research, collect and document oral traditions and artifacts in various parts of kwara state, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. These collections will be preserved and stored at the Kwara State University Library for accessibility.
Finally, I am grateful that the Vice Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheedNa’Allah has established an opportunity to put tradition and culture at the forefront of our development initiatives by instituting the Centre for Oral Traditions in Africa at KWASU.This is in line with the process of bringing town and gown together to amplify the motto of KWASU as a University for community development.