Historical Sites as Cultural Resources in Lagos State: A typological analysis
Author(s): Dr Kolawole Oseni
At the Pan African Festival held in Algiers in 1969, cultural leaders and decision makers from most of the African countries proclaim that any African cultural policy should enable the people to acquire knowledge and education in order to assume responsibility for their cultural heritage and development. The recent Declaration of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity adopted by General Conference of UNESCO on 2 November 2001 is also borne out of the conviction that culture takes diverse forms across time and space. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for human kind as biodiversity is for nature. In the same vein Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, in his inaugural address, promised a government with a clear compelling purpose to give Lagos a strong cultural identity, to make it one of the top 10 mega cities in the world in terms of urban living indices. The government realizes that this goal cannot be fully realized without incorporating cultural heritage into the development agenda. Yet, there is no systematic cultural resource database that could guide the formulation and implementation sustainable policy. The goal of this presentation then is to start the process of documenting the diversity of cultural resources in Lagos State. I will particularly purse a typological analysis of historical and archaeological sites, discuss their significance, as well as their educational potentials.
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Historical Sites as Cultural Resources in Lagos State: A typological analysis. Dr Kolawole Oseni. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437439)