|Title:||Development of Astronomy in Nigeria and West African Countries|
|Date:||Wednesday, 30 April 2014|
|Time:||15:00 - 16:00|
Development of Astronomy in Nigeria and West African countries which started as early as 1960 had been very slow but steady as a result of the following factors: Government lack of interest and poor funding, lack of manpower as a result only the University of Nigeria runs both graduate and undergraduate programs in Astronomy, which is complemented by International collaboration, lack of working equipment, ground and space based telescopes and poor motivation on part of the students. In this talk I will briefly discuss the efforts made recently by the Nigerian government to boost the study of Astronomy in Nigeria and the efforts made by some other West African countries to get the study of Astronomy on board.