Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arts professor, Oni, turns 60

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The professor will mark his 60th birthday with a series of art events.

To celebrate his 60th birthday, Professor of Arts and the Dan of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Duro Oni, has organised a book presentation and a reception on December 15, his birthday.

There will also be an examination of the state of Technical Theatre in Nigeria on Thursday, December 13 at noon in honour of the celebrant’s birth.

The seminar will witness lectures and discussions on the trends and practices of technical theatre in Nigeria, as a professor of the University of Calabar will speak elaborately on the practice of technical theatre in Nigeria.

“The idea is to give it (the event) a national spread and ensure that the seminar and its attendees – and by extension Nigerian students and theatre practitioners in general – benefit from the experiences of the discussants from the various regions of the country,’’ the organisers of the event say.

Attending to the discussions are Toyin Ogundeji from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; Alphonsus Orisaremi from the University of Ibadan; John Iwuh from Redeemers University, Mowe; and Charles Nwadigwe from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

The organisers say the, “the major highlight is presentation of an excerpt from Harlem Remembered (a play), which was premiered at the 1st Atlanta Black Theatre Festival held in Georgia, USA in October 2012”. The play was written and directed by Lekan Balogun, with actors including Osagie Okedigun, among others.

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