Educated at the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) he studied History and International Relations. In 2006. the Federal Government of Nigeria appointed him Director General of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), a position he retained until 2014. His activities transformed CBAAC into an international cultural agency that houses important artistic documentation, including the materials produced at FESTAC 77, the second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.
Teaching and Propagating African and Diaspora History and Culture
In 2008 and 2009, CBAAC, under Babawale’s direction, hosted an international colloquium with Brazil, which subsequently led to a publication. The initiative was a joint project with the Pan-African Strategic and Policy Research Group and the Special Secretariat for the Promotion of Policies. The colloquiam deconstructed African history in line with the UNESCO General History of Africa, advocating a global approach to teaching African and Diaspora history and culture as a means of promoting better understanding between the African continent and the Diaspora.
Multiculturalism and the Prospects for Africa and African Diaspora Development
The volume explains the concept of multiculturalism and relates it to the African continent and its Diaspora. It further explains how culture is central to African history and African societies while urging the peoples of the continent and its diaspora to look inwards for institutions and concepts that harbor the potentials for development which reflects Africa’s reality.
Cultural Rejuvenation for National Integration and Sustainable Development in Africa
The Book canvasses the opinion that culture is required for societal rebirth and sustainable development hence the need for African countries to incorporate culture into their national development efforts.