Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies, Prof. Toyin Falola has called on African universities to integrate the study of Kingship.
The United States university scholar made this call while delivering a keynote speech at the international conference of Alaafin in Yoruba History, Culture, and Political Power Relation which took place at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State.
The keynote address was tagged “Alaafinology: The Ideology and Epistemology of Kingship.”
Delivering the keynote speech, Falola noted that Kingships could be used to teach comparative histories of Kings, Kingdoms, and empires.
The African intellectual legend also explained that Kingship studies will promote a multidisciplinary approach, drawing students of history, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, and political science.
He said; “contents can, as a result, range from historical examples of kingships to theories on the development of civilizations and religions, naturally, in Africa and across mainland sacred kingships, the extent of the sacred kingship cycle of power varies, depending on location. Even so, the cycle has yet to be entirely broken.
”It makes up a significant part of the history and even modern culture of the African people. Therefore, it is arguable that the youth of Africa should learn of the use of sacred kingship as well as its influence, even within the context of a globalizing world with democracy as the globalized ideal”.
”Once the students understand the significance of symbolism generally, they must then examine how and why specific symbols (for instance, those found on Yorùbá Íbas’ crowns) are culturally significant specifically to the Yorùbá people. The instructors must inform the students that symbols, while powerful, only convey an important message if the message is relevant to the intended audience. Students must study the various rituals found in sacred kingships across the African continent after they are presented with knowledge on the history of symbolism and sacred kingship”.