International Conference on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge

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IAS-UI and other Nigerian agencies concerned about researching and preserving indigenous knowledge systems are in partnership to convene an International Conference on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, which will hold between October 5 and 6, 2017 at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos.

The conference’s theme is ‘The Contribution of Indigenous Knowledge in Stimulating Integral Development in Nigeria and Africa’.

As the world moves more and more in the direction of a consensus on the need to diversify economies and, indeed, diversify available social choices, there is also increasing awareness of the need to diversify the knowledge systems from which people may develop novel approaches to contemporary challenges. In this awareness, the gaps to be filled include the huge space that has been denied African indigenous knowledge systems in the construction of responses to the development needs of African societies.

The aim of this conference, therefore, is to critically examine the place of indigenous knowledge systems in the fashioning of development programmes in Africa, and to identify and formulate new methodologies and action plans that will integrate a pool of ideas, practices, techniques, and strategies drawn from the indigenous traditional knowledge base for the purpose of making development socially and culturally meaningful in twenty-first-century African contexts.

Partners involved in this international conference include the University of Ibadan, PAXHERBALS, the Ofure Integral Research and Development Initiative (OFIRDI), the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). Dr C.O. Jegede of our Traditional African Medicine and Belief Systems Unit is a key member of the conference organizing committee.

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