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Gender in the Making of the Nigerian University System

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About the Artist

Tunde Odunlade is an internationally acclaimed Nigerian print and textile artist who has taught, studied and traveled extensively within Nigerian and throughout North America and Europe. Tunde's art uses both contemporary and traditional techniques some of which he has developed over the years such as batik appliqué and "floatograph." His images draw on the rich history of Yoruba art and culture, and modern-day life in Nigeria.

Tunde does not create art for art's sake but rather "art with a purpose." He particularly reaches across cultural differences, raising awareness among his own people and the international communication on potentials and challenges facing Nigeria. Tunde lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.

In his explanation of the linoprint for the cover, Tunde wrote: "Education to me is exactly what its origin means -- 'educaire,' i.e., to bring forth from within. The linoprint represents how the functions of education are integral to society. The interlocking circles show: 1) a tractor, a yam and corn plantation, a hoe and other tools for agriculture; 2) village huts to depict rural life; 3) a drummer to show the importance of cultural education; 4) a house builder; 5) an indigo cloth dryer, a toxic-free industry; 6) a telephone to show the importance of basic communications; 8) a bird, who stands in the middle, and represents nature; 9) a motorcar and its exhaust pipe to represent pollution and the need for environmental friendliness; and 10) books and a woman on her graduation day because education propels development.

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