Olaniyi Joseph

Now, they have Dramatic Art at Ife, and our neighbor at Unilorin has Performing Arts(I’m being careful not to use the word Annex).I think the two great institutions, among others, were careful not to Christen themselves THEATRE Departments, just the way the dollar bows for and honors the pound, despite its potency.

The one big difference between University of Ibadan Theatre Arts and others is the all round encapsulation of all, I mean ALL aspects of Arts into conglomerate of entities parented under one umbrella-Theatre! These arts also include journalism.I do not have to tell you that The Theatre Arts department, University of lbadan offered the spring board for journalism oaks like Reuben Abati and legion of many other media giants. My humble self being among beneficiaries.

When compass of life’s vision navigated me to the department as a student in the late eighties, I knew I made a decision that was certain to lead me, may be, not to material affluence, but fulfilment in realizing that I have manauvered my way to where the me in me would connect the me outside of me.

Welcome to University of Ibadan Theatre Arts Department, the home of some of Africa’s finest creative genies and “cunniest” stage craft persons. No wonder other Universities would not allow them to complete the 1988 NUTAF “Streaks Of Blood”-Tunde Ajayi, being overwhelmed by dexterity of performance.Some of the heroes are on my FB list, talking about Orisaremi Alphonsus,Femi Ogunjobi and host of others.

Now, men fell at ‘Stalingrad’.The department, in all of it’s glory and exploits is not immune to cudgel of tragedy. I seize this opportunity to remember some of our teachers and colleagues who, by dictate of nature have been denied the grace of seeing this 60th anniversary. Starting from Baba Professor Dapo Adelugba, Dr Femi Fatoba, Dr Jide Malomo, Dr Remi Adedokun, Baba Somade. Men fell at Stalingrad.We must remember Dr Solomon Eguaren, ah, Leo Adelakun, I thought he was rather too young.Please, filling in the gap for whoever I’ve not mentioned, my adventure into publishing has detached me for a long time.Sure to be back end of the year. Using this opportunity to congratulate Dr Bashiru Akande, the present head of department. Congratulations all the way.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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