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A team of three, Dr. Aderonke Adesanya as Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Ademola Dasylva (coordinator) and Professor Victor Adetimirin (co-coordinator) wrote a proposal. The effort yielded the present intervention of the Chicago-based Foundation, Dr. Adesanya and Professor Dasylva were in the USA in June 2010 on study visit to eighteen selected museums. Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas at Austin and his daughter Bisola played both hosts and facilitators on the visit to Texas and other states.

Bisola until recently was an official of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC., and Bob Bullock, Texas State History Museum. Professor Lynn Denton the pioneer  Director of the famous Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and now the current Director of the Department of Public History, Texas State University, San Marcos, was another significant facilitator whose tremendous contribution engendered the fine-tuning and distilling of the agenda for the university of Ibadan museum development project and in distilling relevant concepts that suited the objectives , scope, structures and themes of the rebirth of a sustainable university-run Cultural Heritage Museum in UI. Other museum experts the UI team had tapped from their rich experiences had included Linda Cunningham and Steve Mellor both of the National Museum of African art, Washington DC; Para LaNell Agboga, Velma Spivey, Wayne Sadberry, Ursula Davila-Villa, Annette Carlozzi, etc.

The MacArthur Foundation's intervention in the university museum project is meant to ensure restoration, preservation, proper management and to prevent further pilfering of all the cultural objects numbering over 300 pieces- wooden, ceramics, indigenous textiles, metal objects, etc. This purpose has largely been achieved. To date, the objects which are currently on display in the temporary site of the University Museum, have also been digitized and can be watched on the multimedia screens in the museum. Furthermore, more cultural objects from Nigeria, African countries and the African Diaspora have been acquired. The  preservation, conservation and management of the cultural artifacts in the collection of the University of Ibadan are aimed at salvaging and expanding the collection for the purposes of local and global visibility, accessibility, promotion of scholarship and revenue generation.

The collection in UI Cultural Heritage Museum is unique in more than one way: the objects many of which are, largely, from Yoruba, Igbo and middle-belt of Nigeria were sourced from shrines. Masks and masquerades paraphernalia and totems indicating the different streaks of ancestral cults and other related cults; indigenous military war kit and weaponry. Besides the non-contemporary archival cultural objects, there are also some that belong to the contemporary history and historical objects. They include, photo history of the nation's premier University of Ibadan; its humble beginning as a distance learning center of the University of London, the University College , Ibadan till it became a full-fledged university in 1962. Vividly captured in richly illustrative multimedia form are efforts made in the past and present administration of the university.

Establishment of a university museum like the University of Ibadan Cultural Heritage Museum is the practice of most leading universities all over the globe, for the purpose of adding value to cultural and social lives of university communities  and which, in turn, impact national and international communities for research, education and general enlightenment.

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