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Pre-colonial Societies in Nigeria (PSN)

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Sep 21, 2021

Class: Grade 10-12 (SS1-3)
Number: 15-20
Fee: ₦5,000 per student (inclusive of lunch)

Core subject: History and Civic Education

Artworks for learning:

  • Igbo-Ukwu
  • Nok Art
  • Ife Heads
  • Benin Heads

The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) of Pan-Atlantic University is an educational museum at the service of the university and the whole community. At the centre of YSMA’s mission is a desire to the help audiences learn about art and through art. Our educational programmes are a central component to achieve this objective. We believe that artworks, besides allowing viewers to experience multiple forms of beauty, meaning and skill, can also be an excellent educational resource to help persons of all ages engage, discover and learn about the history and culture of Nigeria.

With this aim of teaching history through art, YSMA has designed a full-day program (10:00am to 3:00pm) for secondary school students, titled “Precolonial Societies in Nigeria”. The programme will be museum-based and will use “object-based learning” methodologies. Using, as a starting point, artworks from Ife, Nok, Igbo-Ukwu and Benin currently on display at the Museum, participants in the programme will be able to learn about four significant historical events, periods and social systems that have shaped the cultural and societal heritage of Nigeria as we know it today. Learners will relive history in a different environment from the classroom and will discover how art can capture moments of life in time.

The programme involves a tour of the museum, with focus on artworks from the four selected cultures and societies, plus an interactive class on each of them. In addition to the activities of the programme at the museum, printed and digital resources will be freely accessible for the participants.

Transportation expenses are not included in the entrance fees. The cost of transportation will be taken care of by the participating schools. In line with its policy of facilitating access to the museum to its neighboring communities, YSMA will support by offering free entrance and assisting with the logistics of local public schools participating in the programme.

This program is set to start in March 2021. For further enquiries, you can contact us via ysma@pau.edu.ng.

Precolonial Societies in Nigeria

Learning objects
Ife Bronze Head
Igbo-Ukwu Art
Benin head