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Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Item IDegyptian 1950 0202cooper a.tif
TitleLiberal Arts and Sciences
AuthorDaily Egyptian
Descriptionnative Africans who have, like Olu, obtained their education in colleges in Britain, America, Canada and Europe.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1950 February 2
Volume31
Issue19
Page(s)4
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptLiberal Arts and Sciences. School of Medicine, agriculture.
and School of Economics. Most of the professors at this college are
native Africans who have, like Olu, obtained their education in colleges in Britain, America, Canada and Europe. (At this time there are in Europe some 4.800 African students in European universities as well as about 500 in American and Canadian universities.)
The city of Laas, Olu's home town, has a population of 285, 000. In this cit' one will find that life is not too different from life here in the United States. For instance, there are 10 theatres in Lagas which feature American filnis. The admission prices at these theatres range from $1.00 for a cushiony seat in the balcony to a dime for a wooden bench on the front row downstairs.
No Race Discrimination
Despite the many European nationalities which are represented in Nigeria. there is practically no racial discrimination. "However, "
Ohi told me, •‘the Americans and Europeans do condemn the Afri— I cans as a people who have no cul- ture." Olu ‘eis that this is not right. Thc "ricans are judging• us by their o;', standards of cuT- ture and thcv should not criticize the African simply because his culture is different to the Aniericans or European." Olu said. Although the people of Nigeria still wear their native robes and turbans. they wear these only on special occasions such as sessions of legislature and i-el igious occasions. The' dress is western styles for everyday wear.
Recently Nigeria has witnessed a lot of strikes and riots by the people in the country who want complete independence from England instead of their present do. miniancan status. Whether Nigeria will he given her independence or whether she will be put under the British Commonwealth of Nations will be determined by the Youth Movement which is. according to Olti, by far the strongest party in Nigeria today.
Women Too Much Power
Olu expressed his belief that he could never live in America. One reason is that he believes that we Americans give women too much power. "Women are too sentimental and too easily persuaded to be capable of holding such powerful positions as ambassadors and senators. Of course in Nigeria we have women doctors, lawyers, judges. niagistrates. and some women in small j, oiitical jobs hut no women ambassadors. In a few years the women of America will become so powerful that they will be able to capture tile leadership of the political parties and eventually the presidency of the United States. Yes, you give your women too much power."
Olu. who is just one of about 500 African students who have come to American and Canadian
LanguageEnglish
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