LASU CENTRE FOR AFROBRAZILIAN STUDIES (LASUCAS), LAGOS, NIGERIA
In Nigeria, especially in Lagos, and in Benin Republic, there are Brazilian Communities, descendants of Africans who returned to Africa: Lagos, Badagry, Osogbo and Ouidah in Benin Republic as from 1840´s before abolition and 1880 after abolition of the Slave trade in Brazil. For example, the Brazilian Quarters in Campos, Olowogbowo, Sandgrosse etc. in the Lagos Island Local Government of Lagos State. Today, in spite of the many years after their return, we still have the existence, among these descendants, of some Brazilian Cultures such as Bahian Cuisine, the Festival of our Senhor do Bonfim, the Carnival celebrated annually in Brazil and also in Nigeria
The LASU CENTRE FOR AFROBRAZILIAN STUDIES (LASUCAS) was approved by the Senate of the Lagos State University and is conceived as an academic, sociocultural and economic institution for Brazilian heritage in Lagos in particular and in Nigeria and the diaspora in general.
It is a confluence of sociocultural and economic research activities in the area of Afrobrazilian studies and an umbrella body for all Afrobrazilian research and studies in Lagos or in Nigeria.
5. HE LASUCAS'S PROJECTS
The Centre has the following activities and programmes:
The Centre promotes International Conferences on diverse issues of interest on questions that unite Nigeria and Brazil. Renowned intellectuals are invited from Nigeria and abroad to give seminars and to participate in the Centre's conferences. At the end of each conference, sponsors are sought to get the papers published into a book form. Conference themes could include but not limited to:
The Centre encourages Postgraduate Students, Lecturers and intellectuals from Brazil and other countries to come and spend three months in the Centre or any Institution in Nigeria linked to the Centre. These academics will normally participate in the Centre´s activities while doing their research. On the other hand, Researchers and Lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU) who are members of the Centre will be assisted to go to Institutions linked to the Centre in Brazil to do research projects or help in the teaching of Yoruba language and culture.
The Centre has established a LASUCAS Scholarship. It is a 3-month Scholarship. It is given to young academics who would come to the Centre and develop a research theme. Preference is given to Afrobrazilian postgraduate students.
Yoruba For Foreigners
This is a specially designed course in Yoruba language prepared by experts to teach the language, linguistics and culture of the Yoruba to foreigners, especially the Brazilian nationals. At the end of the course, participants should be able to speak the Yoruba language and understand the nuances of the language.
This is one of the most important arms of the Centre. Therefore, the Centre is setting up a specialised library with books and materials on African Culture, Portuguese as well as African Languages.. Funds shall be solicited to equip the library. International Organisations as well as Bookshops in Nigeria, Brazil, Europe and America would be contacted to donate books to the library.
The Centre has a small reference museum where artefacts and African works of art arebe exhibited. The Museum would have a gallery of African arts and souvenirs for the visiting public.
As part of its activities and a way of raising funds, the Centre shall have a specialised bookshop where books on Brazil, on Portuguese and on African Languages, Linguistic and Culture would be available.
ANNUAL LASUCAS DINNER
There will be an annual dinner where persons involved in the development of the Centre as well as the sponsors or their representatives would be invited. For this annual event, some hotels of International standard in Nigeria would be approached for sponsorship. Individuals or Institutions could also be contacted to underwrite the hosting of the dinner.
Mr GRACIANO OLADIPUPO MARTINS, Nigerian, Yoruba, L.I.L.G (East) Resident in Lagos lsland, Associate Member, American institute of Management (1981). Member, Nigerian Institute of Management. Worked in several sectors of immigration Service including foreign postings. President, Brazilian
Member: Flávio R. Bonzanini
Amb Bonzanini is the Consul General of Brazil, Brazilian Consulate, Lagos, Nigeria.
Member & Director: Dr Tayo Ajayi
Tel: 234-80-63323910 / 80-23312971
Details to be included very soon
Administrative Secretary – Mr Oladipupo Bada
Mr Bada is a Principal Assistant Registrar in the Registry Division of the Lagos State University. A seasoned Administrator, he is a Member of the Association of University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).