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Post-humus birthday seminar in honour of Adelugba at UNILAG


ON occasion of late Prof. Dapo Adelugba’s 76th birthday on March 9, 2015, his former students, mentees, associates and admirers will stage a seminar in memory of the man, who, apart from being a distinguished theatre teacher and practitioner, was also a ‘father’ and mentor to many practitioners and scholars across disciplines in the humanities. It holds on March 9, 2015 at Afe Babalola Auditorium. Time is 11am.

  Seminar theme is ‘Dapo Adelugba: Reminiscences on a Distinguished Life’. Speakers include Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, writer, English Lecturer, University of Lagos; Odia Ofeimun, poet, literary activist, Alhaji Wasee Kareem, CEO, ZMIRAGE Multimedia Company and Prof. Sunday Ododo, president, Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) and lecturer, University of Maiduguri. Others are Ben Tomoloju, playwright, director; culture communicator, Longley Evru, theatre artiste and CEO, Angels Communications, Tade Adekunle, ex-president, National Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners (NANTAP) and Prof. Duro Oni, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Establishment Services), University of Lagos.

  According to a statement, the event is coordinated by the Dapo Adelugba Group and University of Ibadan Theatre Arts Alumni under the leadership of Prof. Duro Oni.

 Born on March 9, 1939, 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.

  He spent his last teaching years as emeritus professor at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, from where he finally retired about three years ago.

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