The Nigerian Folklore Society – also known as NFS – is currently “inviting the general public to express their willingness to rejoin or join” its fold.
The society, which was founded in 1980, aims among other things “at the preservation and promotion of Nigerian Folklore through research, newsletters, journals and conferences” and had made immense contributions to folklore scholarship. A beneficiary from annual grants from the Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture and its parastatals, it was registered with UNESCO in Paris and maintained a healthy partnership with several countries. However, the difficulties beset it, following the death of its President, Dr. Shola Williams not too long after his election in 1996. Williams had taken over the reins of leadership from Professor G.G. Darah.
Recently in April, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, had hosted an International Conference on Folklore, National Integration and Development in honour of Professor Dandatti Abdulkadir, former President of the NFS. One of the most important outcomes of that conference that was well attended was the resolution to revive the society.
It was in the light of that resolution, that a Steering Committee to revive the NFS was constituted with the following membership: Dr. Bukar Usman (Chairman), Professors Dandatti Abdulkadir, G.G. Darah, Segun Adekoya, Bade Ajuwon, Abdu Yahaya Bichi, Maikudi Karaye, Sani Abba Aliyu (Secretary), Mrs. Asabe Kabir and Dr. A.K. Babajo.
The general invitation therefore aims to reach out to all members of the public, who are interested in all aspects of folklore in Nigeria and the revival of the NFS. They are enjoined to express their willingness to rejoin or join the NFS by phone, text message, email or any other means of communication to the Secretariat of the Steering Committee through: The Secretary, Steering Committee of Nigerian Folklore Society. The latter can be reached at the Centre for the Study of Nigerian Languages of Bayero University Kano and through the phone number, 08034515110. The society also has an email address, which is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the NFS Steering Committee chairman, Dr Usman, the society hopes to update all intending members through their addresses. “Your address will also enable the Secretariat of the Steering Committee to communicate to you all forthcoming activities of the NFS,” he writes in a recent letter.
Among the forthcoming events is the International Conference on Folktale at the Bayero University, Kano, which has been scheduled to hold from April 2 to 4, 2014.
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