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Festac 77 child dancer delivers UNILORIN inaugural lecture tomorrow

By Waliat Musa
10 November 2021   |   2:41 am
Professor of Dance Studies at the Performing Arts Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State, Jeleel Ojuade, will, tomorrow

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Professor of Dance Studies at the Performing Arts Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State, Jeleel Ojuade, will, tomorrow, deliver the university’s 208th inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Dance is Life, Life is Dance: A Cyclical Nature of Man on Earth.’

Ojuade, as a child dancer, was part of the troupe that danced at Nigeria’s Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977. The promise he showed back then has come to be fulfilled, as he has today become a prominent face of dance practice, both as an intellectual proponent and active practitioner.

In celebration of his countless achievements, which catapulted him into the professorial chair on October 1, 2017, Ojuade will be privileged to deliver the 208th Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the university’s auditorium.

After delivering the lecture, Ojuade will be installed as the Aare Alasa of Ifetedo, Osun State, on Saturday, at a ceremony to be hosted by the Olubosin of Ifetedo, Oba Akinola Akinrera (Latiri I).

The Aare Alasa is the president-general in charge of culture, arts, tourism and festivals in the kingdom. He oversees them and channels them for the development of the kingdom.

Ojuade was born on April 18, 1969. He joined the services of UNILORIN as an Assistant Lecturer with the Department of Performing Arts on April 21, 2001, and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Dance. He is a researcher and an expert dancer, with a special interest in Yoruba Bata and Dundun dances.