About CILS

The decision to establish the Centre for Ilorin Studies (CILS) was finalized at the Badagry Retreat held from the 8th to the 11th of June, 2010. The decision is in line with the grand vision of making the University of Ilorin, an International Centre of Excellence in learning, research, probity and service to humanity. It is also in line with the University’s broad mission of providing a world-class environment for learning, research and community service. It also reflects current national and international best practices as demonstrated by several National and International Research Centres including the Ilorin History and Culture Bureau; Ilorin, Nigeria; the Arabic Documentation Centre of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Centre for Trans-Saharan Studies of the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Dan-Fodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria; Arewa House Centre for Documentation and Historical Research, Kaduna, Nigeria; International Research Institute of Stavenger, Iris; Mama Haedarah Centre for Manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali; Civitan International Research Centre, University of Alabama, USA; Jircas Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences; Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre, United Kingdom; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAM); etc.

The establishment of the Centre is further prompted by the historical, cultural, religious and several other types of manuscripts, books and publications lying fallow in the Ilorin Emirate with little or no documentation at all. The Centre is thus a fulfillment of a major objective of the University of Ilorin in terms of being sensitive to the needs of the immediate and remote environment and meeting such needs. This is the background and the justification for the Centre for Ilorin Studies.

The Centre for Ilorin Studies aims at:

(i) collecting, cataloguing and preserving digital and hardcopies of manuscripts on Arabic, religious, historical and cultural heritage of Ilorin Emirate by Ilorin indigene scholars;

(ii)  collecting, cataloguing and preserving electronic and hard copies of publications by lecturers of the University of Ilorin on all disciplines; and

(iii)  collecting, cataloguing and preserving soft and hard copies of Ilorin related publications from anybody in any part of the world.

To achieve the above aims and objectives, the Centre for Ilorin Studies shall engage in the following activities:

  • retrieving copies of all Ilorin-related manuscripts, books and other publications from Ilorin Mallams and other scholars who possess such materials;
  • acquire copies of all publications by lecturers of the University of Ilorin on any discipline, including Ilorin-related studies;
  • acquire copies of all Ilorin-related publications from any part of the world;
  • organize periodic conferences, seminars and workshops on topical Ilorin-related issues;
  • call for papers, periodically, on current original researches on Ilorin-related matters;
  • publish periodical bulletin and books on Ilorin Studies;
  • collaborate with national and international research centres with shared interest and experiences; and
  • engage in other activities with potentials for promoting Ilorin Studies.