Igali andUhomoibhi Awarded Fellows of Historical Society of Nigeria
As part of activities to mark the 60th Annual Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), the body of eminent historians has awarded Ambassador (Dr.) Godknow Igali, its highest honour of Fellowship. Also honoured alongside the Permanent Secretary, Power, is Amb. Dr. Martin Uhomoibhi, the immediate past Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The award took place at the Main Campus of the University of Abuja during the society’s 3-day Annual Conference. Igali described the honour as inspirational and assured the younger generations of historians that the discipline will continue to be relevant in the nation’s quest for a better society.
He urged the new and up-coming historians to take up the challenge to reverse the ugly trend of History being an endangered discipline.
“As historians we are relevant in the contemporary world because we provided the missing link between yesterday, today and tomorrow”, Igali said. We must bring to bear the lessons to be learnt from past events in charting the course for today and the future.
He urged the leadership of the society to use the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary to reflect on how history, as a discipline, can contribute positively to service with integrity, the underscore philosophy of President Muhammad Buhari’s Administration.
The other awardee, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi, described history as a holistic discipline that provide solutions to myriad of human challenges. He decried the less-emphasis placed in the teaching of history at primary and secondary levels of our education, which, according to him, had led to mind bugging dearth of intellectual activities in the study of the subject.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Conference, Professor Emeritus Obaro Ikime had proposed the ingenious style of short writings on History of Nigeria that could be easily read by even semi-illiterates, as a way of rejuvenating interest in the subject, just as he observed that intellectual writings by history scholars are not attractive to Nigerian readers.