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Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa (23 September 1923 – 11 October 2010)[1] was a Nigerian educationist, scholar and former minister for Education. As minister, he was in charge of the biggest school system in Africa.[2] He is known for his early writings on the need to re-appraise the inherited colonial epistemological system in Nigeria and to introduce relevant cultural goals, subjects and local languages into the system, in order to accommodate the developmental and cultural pattern of the country.[3] He is also a notable authority on the history of educational planning in Nigeria. Babs Fafunwa died in the early hours of 11 October 2010, at a hospital in Abuja, the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory.

  1. Henry Ojelu (1 October 2010). "Babs Fafunwa, Ex-Minister Dies". P.M. News. Retrieved 22 July 2011.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  2. KENNETH B. NOBLE, "Nigerian's Plan: Adopt the (250) Mother Tongues." The New York Times, May 23, 1991.
  3. Birgit Brock-Utne; Whose Education for All?The Recolonization of the African Mind. Falmer Press, 2000