The University of Ibadan Students’ Historical Society of Nigeria will be hosting its annual Black History Celebration Day on Saturday, April 01, 2023 at the SLT, Faculty of Arts, themed ‘Africa and Africans”.
The event will bring together various persons from all walks of life including Students, Academicians, Historians, Afrocentric individuals and in fact the general public to discuss issues on history and impact of black culture, identity, diversity and noteworthy black figures and contributions.
Chairman of the organizing committee, Olúwábùkúnmi Abraham Awóṣùsì said in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday that “people needs to attend this festival as there will be a lot of interesting activities, in fact the renowned Nigerian artist, actor and musician, Prince Tunde Odunlade will be speaking at the event.
“Black History Month is a yearly celebration in remembrance of significant figures and events in the history of Africa. It is usually celebrated in the month of February in several countries across the world. African culture (music, dance, fashion, art, history etc.) is celebrated and recognised in different parts of the world during Black History Month”.
Mr Awóṣùsì added that the origin of Black History Month is traced back to the U.S. in 1926. Carter G. Woodson (an African-American historian, writer and journalist) and the ASNLH (Association for the Study of Negro Life and History), created ‘Negro History Week’ which was a forerunner to ‘Black History Month’. The second week in February was chosen for this celebration.
“Over the years, Black History Celebration has evolved to take two months in the year—February (for the Americans) and October (for the Brits); hence, here in Nigeria, we are also felicitating, as Historians, with the global community in celebration of Black History”, he said.
The event is set to host various activities including Movie Screenings, Giveaways, Paper Presentations, Art Presentations, Poem Renditions, and lots more.
Mr Awóṣùsì further explained that the event is priced at One Thousand Naira (1,000 NGN) for anyone who is ready to attend and the Ticket will be available at the venue or via https://bit.ly/BlackHistoryRegistration before the event.