The first theater department in sub-Saharan Africa, the department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan has flagged off events marking its 50th anniversary. Events lined up will hold between August 28 and 30, 2013 at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the anniversary celebration was flagged off with the presentation, by the current students of the department of Time, a play written by Chukwuma Okoye and directed by Yinka Smart-Babalola.
The anniversary would also feature paper presentations and workshops. According to the department, several eminent will be part of the celebrations. They include Professor Patrick Ebewo (Tshwane University, South Africa), Dr Sola Adeyemi (Greenwich University, UK), Dr Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford University, UK), Dr Dani Lyndersay (University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago), Professor Duro Oni (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos), and Dr Esohe Molokwu, a consultant with the United Nations.
The programme will be concluded with a grand Homecoming Dinner on Friday at the University of Ibadan campus. Headliners at the dinner include Baba Dee, Laffomania, Zeal Dance Troupe, Samson and Mary-Jane Duet, and The Margins of Art and Entertainment.
“The anniversary will not only bring together past students of the department, it will launch a new phase in the development of theatre in Nigeria”, according to the secretary of the organising committee, Mrs Pamela Arnold Udoka.
“The Arts Theatre will be refurbished to befit the status of the university,” she said.