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The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) commenced the 2019 Black History Month on February 26, to Thursday, March7, 2019. The programme which featured many activities included film show, African Music and Dance, Art Exhibitions, panel discussions, secondary School Debate Competition and Roundtable discussion were organized at the IADS Gallery, Faculty of Arts J.P. Clark Centre, University of Lagos.

The keynote address was given by Russell Brooks, Public Affairs Officer, United States Consulate General Lagos.


The following topics were considered at the event:

  • Why we must Continue to Highlight Black Excellence (From 1619 to 2019)
  • “12 Years of Slave”
  • Black African Origins and Contributions to Christianity, Islam and Other World Religions
  • “Black Feminism: Real or Imagined”
  • Can Racism ever be eliminated?
  • The Freedom Ridders
  • Governance Issues
  • Poverty
  • Migration
  • Population Explosion and Religious Intolerance and;
  • Racism in the Sun

The event was declared opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services), Professor Folasade T. Ogunsola who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS.

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