On the occasion of his 76th posthumous birthday, friends, former students, and associates of Dapo Adelugba would be staging a seminar in memory of the distinguished theatre teacher and scholar.
Mr. Adelugba, who retired as an emeritus professor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, three years ago, passed on at the age of 75 on November 23, 2014.
According to the schedule released by the organizers of the event, the seminar would hold at the Afe Babalola Auditorium at the University of Lagos.
Guest speakers include Professor Akachi Ezeigbo, Writer and English Lecturer, University of Lagos; Odia Ofeimun, Poet and Literature Activist; Wasee Kareem, CEO, Zmirage Multimedia Company; and Professor Sunday Ododo, President, Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists and Lecturer, University of Maiduguri.
Others are Ben Tomoloju, Playwright; Longley Evru, Theatre Artiste; Tade Adekunle, ex-President, National Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners; and Professor Duro Oni, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Establishment Services, University of Lagos.
The event is coordinated by the Dapo Adelugba Group and University of Ibadan Theatre Arts Alumni under the leadership of Mr. Oni.
Born on March 9, 1939, Mr. Adelugba studied English at the University College, Ibadan.
While at the university, apart from taking part in a lot of productions such as Wole Soyinka’s Swamp Dwellers, where he acted as the Blindman, he was president of University College, Ibadan, Dramatic Society, where he adapted Moliere’s ‘Les Fourberies de Scapin’ (The Trickeries of Scapin) to ‘That Scoundrel Suberu’.
In 1964, he submitted his Master’s Degree dissertation at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he wrote on Nationalism and the Irish Theatre. He later joined the teaching services of the University of Ibadan, where he retired in 2004.
Mr. Adelugba spent his last teaching years as emeritus professor at the Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria, from where he finally retired about three years ago.