The 5th Inaugural Lecture of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo was held on Wednesday August 23, 2017. The event which is part of the programme organized by the College to promote academic excellence was chaired by the Provost of the institution, Prof. Olukoya Ogen.
In his remarks, Prof. Ogen described the ceremony as very significant and reiterated his commitment to promotion of academic excellence in the College. Hestated that his vision of ensuring that the institutionbecome a benchmark, globally competitive and best among its peers in academic exploits, is borne out of his conviction that ‘’ institutions are not known for physical structures, but what is done inside those structures’’.
He said ‘’ Here in Adeyemi College of Education, intellectual aesthetics is very important to us as it would lead us to the attainment of our most expected University Status in no distant time’’.
Meanwhile, a Lecturer in the Department of English, Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, Dr. (Mrs.) Yetunde Olukemi Olubunmi Akorede has identified reasons why conflicts sometimes occur in polygamous homes. Dr. Akorede gave the reasons while delivering the 5th Inaugural lecture of the College which held recently in the institution.
Speaking on the topic entitled: ‘’ GENDER DIALECTICS: ‘’ (H) IMPRISONED IN THE CASTLE OF HER BEING. THIS IS THE KEY, WHERE IS THE DOOR?, the African Literature, Cultural Studies expert, whileharping on the need for unityand peaceful co-existence in the society, identified several reasons which she said areresponsible for conflictsbetween two womenin polygamous homes. She listed the reasons to include husband’s display of partiality and favouritism towards the younger wife, husband’s rejections of the senior wife, and reluctance of senior wife to accept junior wife as well as the junior wife’s rudeness and open hostility to senior wife.
Others are junior wife possession of economic strength, education, beauty and ability to have sons, junior wife’s anger at husband’s display of love to senior wife, display of jealousy by any of the two women, senior wife’s view of younger wifeas gold digger as well as senior wife’s unease at accepting junior or co-wife as partner.
While expressing serious concern on what she observed as negative image with which women are portrayed in some male authored literary text, Dr. Akorede said the development has led to ‘’ woman’s internalization of women’s culture of imprisonment’’. She highlighted the exploits made by some women in advanced countries such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gouge, Terwagne and de Beauvoir in the United State of America, United Kingdom and France, in their agitation to fight for equal rights for women stating that their contributions made it possible for female to participate actively in the political, educational and economic life of their nation.
The language expert added that the fight for the abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade in the USA, which was also spearheadedby women, was one of the catalyst that gave opportunities for ‘’ women to discover their innate power to fight for themselves against molestation fromthe slave masters and struggle to end female educational, political and social subjugation’’.
While advocating the need for females to be given equal opportunity and freedom to exhibit their God given talent fully like their male counterpart, Dr ( Mrs.) Akorede said this has become necessary because ‘’ the realization of woman’s marginality from benefiting fully as bona-fide member of society, fuels feminine agitation for better conditions for women’’.
In addition, she made strong case for the removal of what she described as brutal practices and discriminatory laws, to which she said women are subjected to, saying the move would promote equity, justice and fair play in the society.
Speaking on the goals of gender theories, the African Literature, Gender and Cultural studies specialist explainedthat the theories aimed at raising ‘’ woman’s consciousnessthrough strong re-assessment of the veracity of what she has been made to believe about herself, in order to appreciate what she has the capacityand capability to become’’. On the increasing global trend, whereby some women opt to undertake cosmetic surgery, the literary icon said the move, which is geared at enhancing their facial outlook, could place them at disadvantage, in view of the pains that is usually associated with surgical operation through which it is carried out. She also stated that such actcould lead to manipulation of their and bring a distortion to the imagecreated by God.
She listed four major reasons why there is an increase in females demand for various beauty enhancing procedures to include social factors, psychological factors, Socio/ cultural factors and attitudinal factors. Concerning the issue of female beauty perception and roles which the male folks play in their desire to express their choice of what an ideal beauty should be, Dr (Mrs.) Akorede listed female face, mouth and skin as first point of attraction for males, stating that this conclusion which was obtained from the research carried out by her, could be the major reasons, why female persons place more emphasis on making their face beautiful and desirable.
While harping on the need for women to always assert themselves and not be deceivedby what she called male gaze, in assessing their beauty, the language expert said this has become necessary, because ‘’female consciousness and desire for male acceptance fuels the torture many womensubjectthemselves to, inorder to look good and desirable’’. ‘’Hence, females inability to develop a healthy self-esteem or self-acceptance are some of the shackles holding women capture in the castle of their beings’’ she remarked.
The event which featured music presentation by the staff and students from the College Department of Music, climaxed with the presentation of plaque to Dr. (Mrs.) Yetunde Olukemi Akorede by Prof. Ademola Dasylva from the University of Ibadan. Eminent personalities from within and outside the College who attended the ceremony include the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede, Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi; Representative of the College Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul represented by Mrs. Taiwo Adedoyin; Chairman, College Inaugural Lecture Committee, Dr. Ajigbade Ikuejube. Others were Deans and directors, Heads of Departments and Units, staff and students, invited guests to mention but a few