Igbinedion fetes Imasuen at 50
Management of Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) Edo State on Thursday held a colloquium in honour of movie producer, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday anniversary.
The event also featured the launch of the institution’s Nollywood masterclass programme for students pursuing career in arts disciplines to improve their skills in the industry.
Vice Chancellor, IUO, Lawrence Ezemonye, who hailed the contributions of the movie icon said the event provided a unique opportunity for the institution’s Threatre Arts students to not only come face to face with veterans of creative arts but also profit from the masterclass that will follow as a major outcome of the colloquium. “The Benin Film Academy under his leadership has received over 50 local and international awards including the most recent, Zuma International Film Festival finalist Best Film titled ‘Depression’ (2009) and Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival Finalist Best Short Film ‘Stoic’ (2020).”
An elated Imasuen appreciated the institution for the honour done him and pledged his support in the area of collaboration to drive excellence in the institution. Speaking on the theme, “Cultural Revival through the Screen,” guest speakers including Irene Isoken Agunloye, Professor of African Drama, Gender, Women and Film Studies, University of Jos and Barclays Ayakoroma, Head of Department of Theatre Arts, University of Africa, Bayelsa, emphasized the need to embrace, promote and sustain Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
Dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences, IUO, Tunde Agara, said the colloquium is another great feat of the institution that would positively impart and inspire students.