PLANS FOR BACHELORS OF ARTS AND
EDUCATION DEGREES IN
URHOBO STUDIES AT DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKA, NIGERIA
Chief Anthony Akpovwonvwon Ukoli
The memorandum from Professor Sada (see below) eloquently sets out the rationale for this laudable project. To strengthen the rationale, it can be added that the Urhobo people are the predominant ethnic group in Delta State; indeed by current census figures, they are the fifth largest ethnic group in Nigeria! By that estimate their population is almost as large as the total population of some African countries - Liberia and the Republic of Benin come easily to mind.
In light of these startling facts, it can be asserted that the time is right for Urhobo studies to be integrated into the academic pursuits of Delta State University. In this connection, the trail blazers have been Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba which are studied even up doctoral levels at both national and international universities.
In August last year, Chief Anthony Akpovwonvwon Ukoli, visited the university where he was updated by the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor U. A. Igun, on the progress so far achieved.
The Urhobo Community has set up THE URHOBO DEGREE SPONSORING COMMITTEE under whose auspices assistance to the University will be channeled. We are currently at the outreach stage soliciting suggestions and contributions. Two levels of involvement by the Urhobo people abroad, their friends and interested institutions, are envisaged as follows:
THE URHOBO DEGREE SPONSORING COMMITTEE
c/o Chief Anthony Akpovwonvwon Ukoli
220 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 3C
New York, New York 10025