In his remark at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, commended CBAAC for promoting and safeguarding African culture, noting that ‘our culture is our identity’ and advising that no stone must be left unturned in the efforts to protect ‘our cultural heritage’ at all times. He expressed his appreciation to the CBAAC for counting the University worthy to host the conference, adding that OAU’s motto is “for learning and culture”, and the University administration is always supportive of causes promoting cultural heritage at all time.
The Acting Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs. Ndidi Aimienwauu, expressed her appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede and his management team for the positive changes the University has witnessed since the inception of his tenure, noting that being an alumnus of the institution, she was impressed with what she met on ground having left the institution many years ago.
The CBAAC boss, who was elated that the University has made commendable efforts at retaining its place as the best and the most beautiful campus in Africa, said the theme of the conference, “Remembering FESTAC @ 41: Utilizing Audio-Visual Heritage Materials as important source of history”, urged the participants at the conference to join CBAAC to realize the vision and mission of the body which is to be the foremost agency to encourage, initiate, vitiate, facilitate and coordinate, retrieval and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of the Black and African People for the purposes of protecting, preserving and protecting them for enhanced understanding and appreciation.
She thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede for allowing the conference to be held in the University.