The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde has re-affirmed his commitment to continually support the Department of Performing Arts to achieve its set goal in creativity and drama.
Professor Olatunde disclosed this at a programme organized by the Department tagged “Outing with the Vice-Chancellor” in which a play called “Isokan” was staged at the University Pit Theatre for the viewing pleasure of the members of the University Community.
The Drama was the fall-out of the presentations of the Department at the Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival held at the Plateau State University, Bokkos, Jos between June 3rd and 8th, 2018 during which the Department won six Awards at the Festival. The Vice-Chancellor, after watching the Drama and the subsequent Drama Dance, said he was most delighted to watch the students’ live performance at the University Pit Theatre. He said he was very proud of the creativity of the dramatists. He said their performance had impressed him to consider some support for the Performing Arts Department.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that he had directed the University Director of Works and Works and Services to liaise with the Head of Department of the Performing Arts so that the University would be able to provide technical equipment for them.
Professor Olatunde disclosed that he was largely impressed by the excellent awards the Department bagged in Bokkos, Plateau State when they came first among twenty participating universities and were adjudged as the most talented Drama troupe from among the Nigerian Universities.
He extended his appreciation to the Academic staff most especially, the Head of Department, Dr. (Mrs.) Oladipupo and other supporting staff in the Department for their efforts and the creative prowess inculcated in the drama troupe. He said his administration has decided that the Department must not lack in any of its needs in order to project the good creative qualities of her students.
Highpoint of the programme was the Vice-Chancellor’s group photograph with the students and staff. It should be noted that the drama troupe at the NUTJAF 2018 Competition was led by Mrs. A. O. Odule and assisted by Henry Afabo who are both Lecturers in the Department.
The Head of Department, in an interaction with the OOU News, disclosed that the students won the awards in the following categories: Drama, Dance, African Drums, Costumes, Parade and Songs, and Music.
She stated further that the vision of the Department was to project its activities globally in terms of exposure and performance.