About the program
The Rerooting in African History program responds to the dangerous absence of African centered and social justice perspectives on global Black history, African history, and Nigerian history in the Nigerian education, political and policy making systems. Where Nigerian history exists as a subject in the secondary school education system, this body of knowledge is exclusive to the few students that coincidentally choose history as an elective in senior secondary school. At the primary to junior secondary school level, students are taught Social Studies and Civics which are not substitutes for an African centered History education.
Amongst other issues, Social Studies explore Nigeria as a natural and apolitical construct with origins in the 1914 amalgamation by Lord Fredrick Lugard. Critically, transatlantic slavery is largely unexplored, Nigeria’s precolonial history is either negated, exoticized and presented as a body of knowledge without relevance in contemporary society. Disturbingly, colonialism, global anti-black racism and its ongoing impact on Nigerian indigenous communities is under-conceptualized thus making room for Nigerians to adopt and embody Eurocentric, economic- centered and anti-black perspectives. Equally, Nigeria’s contemporary socio-political history and its interconnections to Nigeria’s colonial and trans-Atlantic slave trade history. If one imagines Nigerians as critical players in the development of the country and continent, one sees that these adopted perspectives are detrimental to the country’s development trajectory.
In light of the above, this program seeks to expose and immerse Nigerians (youth and politically active actors) in African centered and social justice perspectives of Nigerian/global Black history. Ultimately, this program seeks to contribute to nation building efforts aimed at making Nigeria/Africa a more just, inclusive and people-centered society. Beyond Nigeria and the continent, the program seeks to make the world a more just and equitable place for all, especially for historically marginalized peoples – Blacks and other indigenous communities scattered around the world. Nigerians are part of a global community comprising of different races and are fraternally interconnected to the African and Black diaspora. However, Nigerians are largely unaware of these connections until they leave the shores of the country and are faced with anti-Black racism and numerous types of identity crises. So, the program hopes to teach participants how to differentiate between a Eurocentric vs. African centered perspective and how to apply these perspectives in the analysis of issues affecting the global Black/African community and Nigeria.
This program will occur over the span of 7 weekends (every Saturday & Sunday) from July 18th to August 30th.
Google Classrooms and Google Meets - materials will be posted online ahead of each weekend on our Google classroom and the weekend sessions will be hosted via video call on Google meets.
N30,000 or $100 CAD
UVA is partnering with university professors, independent researchers, social activists, political thinkers and public intellectuals from various parts of the world to facilitate sessions on the four tiers of history (Pre-colonial, trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonial and post-colonial eras/polities) outlined in this course, with emphasis on Nigeria.