The Study of History, the Nigerian Society and Development in the 21st Century

The Study of History, the Nigerian Society and Development in the 21st Century

Author by Mrs. Odunayo Adeleke

Journal/Publisher: Nigeria Police Academy Journal Of Humanities

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 86 - 99

Abstract

History is the mind of every society. Traditional African societies preserved their history through oral methods and this was transmitted overtime to younger generations. In every society, history highlights stories of origin, past experiences, stories of socio-cultural interactions, ancestral heritage and developmental experiences therefore history is a veritable tool in the management of past information. The study of history at different levels of education is facing a near extinction as there is lack of interest by policy makers and students in the study of this subject. It is believed that the lack of passion in the study of history could be blamed directly or indirectly on globalization, ideology, poor orientation and national education policies of the country. This paper takes up issues on the study of history, the Nigerian society and development in the 21st Century. It examines the effect of government educational policies and their effect on the development of history and the State; it accesses the perception, attitude and ideology of Nigerians towards historical studies. The objective of this paper is to carefully examine the role of history in enhancing development and unity in the Nigerian State. It assesses the implication of the neglect of the study of this subject to national development. Careful assessment of these issues reveal that there is lack of interest in the study of history, as it is seen as unrewarding and unattractive. This attitude has affected the general perception of the people and certain societal mistakes have severally reoccurred as the nation has systematically abandoned the study of history. This study has used secondary sources such as text books and journals articles. It has identified gaps in the study of history, educational policies and development of the Nigerian State, its implications and has suggested the way forward

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