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The B.A. Degree Programme in Yoruba which formally began in the Faculty of Arts during the session 1970/71 was designed and taught by the African Languages and Literatures staff of the then Institute of African Studies. Under this arrangement, the University of Ife Faculty awarded its first undergraduate degree in Yoruba in the Faculties of Arts and Education in 1974. At its 114th meeting on 7th January, 1975 the Senate of the University having considered and approved a recommendation from the Faculty Board of Art, decided to create (Minute 1787) a separate Department of African Languages and Literatures in the Faculty with effect from October, 1975.

The existing degree programme in Yoruba became the nucleus of the new Department and the African Languages and Literatures staff of the Institute of African Studies was redeployed to the new Department.