Exposition and Synthesis of Benin Bronze Casting: Emphasis on the Olotan Casters of Benin
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Exposition and Synthesis of Benin Bronze Casting: Emphasis on the Olotan Casters of Benin

  • Author(s): Ifeta, Chris Funke
  • et al.
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The introduction of Western education to Nigeria has brought in its wake great strides toward development. Changes in Benin dates far back to the dawn of the 20th century. This paper investigates the critical role of education in development. The paper integrates interview data collected from bronze casters in Benin. The first section of the paper discusses sustainable development in Nigeria involving an infrastructure that supports accessible educational system and Benin social values. The second part of the paper discusses the present dispensation of bronze casting by Olotan casters of Benin. The paper identifies education as being critical to sustainable development. Some characteristics connected to development in the practice of bronze casting in Benin include visioning, relaxing of age old practices and acceptance of western influences.

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