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Mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. It is quite evident that moral values in most African societies are declining as such Architectural spaces in higher institutions of learning can be used to disseminate moral values. The art of Mural painting can serve as a sustainable medium in the education of a society/community, given that pictures/paintings tend to speak in a thousand words. It is quite rare if not impossible to find a society void of social vices, as such Murals can be used to educate members of a society/community on the negative influences of some common social vices, such as corruption, examination malpractice, rape, indecent dressing, cultism, drug abuse, pre-marital sexual activities, etc. The aim of this study is to evaluate the extent to which institutions of higher learning explore the medium of Mural painting in the sustainable dissemination/education of moral values and as well improve the aesthetic qualities of architectural spaces, using Bayero University, Kano (BUK) as a case study.  Structured Observation was used to obtain data from various buildings within the two campuses of the university. Results from the observations showed that only a single building within the entire university contain Mural paintings. The study recommends that educational institutions should as much as possible provide Mural paintings that advocate unique African moral values at important architectural spaces such as entrances, receptions, corridors, etc. This would go a long way in preventing the decline of morality in African societies.

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Jaafar Ahmad (Nigeria) 8065
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