Mrs. Rifquat Sanni

Welcome To The Centre For Lagos State Studies (CEFOLASS)

Despite the plethora of literature on Lagos, little is known on the transformational history of the major groups in the State as well as its contributions to national development. The Aborigines of the State have slim remembrance of the past. The latter migrants and settlers who have benefitted in various ways from the State have no adequate knowledge on the land and peoples.


The directorate which is as old as the school stands to correct the account for wrong information and misrepresentation of the various groups and communities in the State. One of such erroneous view- points is that Lagos is no mans land. (Gbogbo wa laleko … we all own Lagos). This assumption rests on fallacy rather than historical reality. Knowledge however is the only vaccine that we have for ignorance. This is why the effort of Prof. Kunle- Lawal, the then Hon. Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Dr. A.O.K. Noah, the then Provost of the College and Mr. Hakeem Ajose-Adeogun, the then Deputy Provost are highly commendable for establishing the Centre for Lagos State Studies (CEFOLASS) in August 2001 through the Academic Board. This was a major complement to the effort of the History Department of the College that commenced the Awori Studies in 1994.


  1. To ensure the transformation of the centre to a research institute for the study of the socio-political, psychological and cultural issues that affect the lives of the people.
  2. To network with other centres for the purpose of knowledge creation and dissemination.
  3. To organize seminars, workshops and conferences to help in the formulation of policies/perspectives on our collective civilization
  4. To conduct research on the political economy and also examine emergent development issues in Lagos State, so as to meet the demands of a mega city.
  5. Documentation and publication of studies, surveys and reports on monuments, events, festivals and other tourist potentials to help boost domestic and international tourism in the State.


The Centre has published five different Public Lectures on issues relating to the land and people of Lagos State. The current publication entitled the Evolution and Development of Lagos State is another attempt at fulfilling the obligations of the Centre and the Edict that established the College.
Other achievements are:

  1. Centre seminar, titled Changing the future role of CEFOLAS: Challenges and Prospects
  2. Centre Seminar was delivered by Dr. M.A. Balogun, Titled Islam in Lagos Its Growth and Development.
  3. Seminar at CEFOLAS Library in conjunction with Music Department of the College, titled Music Education and Musical Activities in Lagos State.
  4. A website detailing the Centres events and activities was created.
Since its establishment, the Centre has organized series of Lectures, conducted monthly seminars, and has always served as a Library for both staff and students. Interested people may visit for more details.