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Professor Femi Osofisan
International Conference on Performance
Relevant Arts for Sustainable Global Development

University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 17-21 June 2008

KEYNOTE AND LEAD PAPERS
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Prof. Eckhard Breitinger Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany Postcolonial Re-visions of the Classics: Ancient and Modern
Prof. Kofi Anyidoho University of Ghana - Legon Igun as Dream Catcher: Osofisan and the Quest for an African Future
Prof. Mabel I. E. Evwierhoma University of Abuja Making Mutation Manifest: Drama for Sustainable Global Development
Prof. Duro Oni University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos Producing Osofisan’s Midnight Hotel and Tegonni: Challenges for the Design Team
Osita Okagbue, PhD Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK Culture and Development: Beyond the ‘Dependence Complex’
Chukwuma Okoye, PhD University of Ibadan ‘Dancing Between the Same and the Very Different’: African Theatre in the Race for Alterity
Esiaba Irobi, PhD Ohio State University, Athens, USA The Atundas of the Modern Stage: A Comparative Study of Brecht, Soyinka and Osofisan as Cultural Theorists
Wumi Raji, PhD Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife The Postcolonialism of African Drama and Theatre

ARTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Ameh Dennis Akoh, PhD Kogi State University, Anyingba Indigenizing Development Discourse in Nigerian Theatre and Drama
Anthony V.E Mereni University of Lagos Beyond Sheer Entertainment - that “Other” Music: Assessing the Relevance of Arts Music for Sustainable Global Development
Asen Marcellinus Aondohemba & Akaaer Rose Benue State University, Makurdi The Theatre as A Tool for Enhancing Sustainable Development in Nigeria
Attahiru Ahmad Sifawa Usmanu Danfodiyo University Arts and Humanities for Sustainable Global Development
Charles Obot, Ph.D University of Uyo The Mass Media As Agents For Sustainable Development
Chizoba Nwabueze & Chinenye Nwabueze University of Nigeria, Nsukka & Anambra State University, Uli Entrepreneurship Education and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Critical Role of Indigenous Communication Channels
Dennis Teghtegh Benue State University, Makurdi Developing Community Strategy for Sustainable Development: The Shange la m’wem model
Eshiet, I. James Igbinedion University, Okada Issues Of Freedom and Sustainable Development in Select Works of Femi Osofisan
Herbert E. Batta University of Uyo Harnessing the Performing and Communication Arts for Sustainable Development in Africa
Izuu Nwankwo E University of Ibadan Otherness, Postcolonialism and the Sustainable Development Imperative: The Femi Osofisan Example
Julius-Adeoye ‘Rantimi Jays Redeemer’s University, Mowe … On the Pedestal of Social and Political Relevance: Voyage Around Osofisan and Yerima’s Selected Plays
Martins Uze E. Tugbokorowei Delta State University, Abraka Culture and National Development in Nigeria: A Critical Appraisal
Nicholas S. Iwokwagh & Jude Terna Kur Kogi State University, Anyingba & Anambra State University, Igbariam Radio Drama and Rural Development in Benue State
Ola-Koyi, S. Joseph Bank Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye Towards the Demystification of Materialism in Performance and Sustainable Development
Remi Adedokun, PhD University of Ibadan Arts and Sustainable Development: The Community Theatre Approach
Ngozi Udengwu, PhD University of Nigeria Nsukka Sustainable Global Development and the Many Faces of Minority: A Study of Esiaba Irobi’s Hangmen also Die, JP Clark’s Wives’ Revolt and Ahmed Yerima’s Hard Ground

MODERN THEORIES IN AFRICAN PERFORMANCE/ARTS
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Yimbu Emmanuel Nchia University of Yaounde I, Cameroon Deconstructing Classical Paradigms: Revolutionary Aesthetics in Ngugi Wa Thiong`o and Micere Gathae Mugo’s The Trial of Dedan Kimathi and Bate Besong’s Requiem for the Last Kaiser
Thecla Obiorah & Lynda Ogoegbunam Amano Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anaphora and Anadiplosis in Igbo Poetry: A Semantic Examination
Bisi Adigun Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland The Third Force and Its Contribution to the Near-Death Experience of Nigerian Theatre
Bakare Babatunde Allen Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Applied Theatre and the Impact of Theatre…, Osofisan and Ibsen as Primary Focus of Discussion
Benedict Michael Benue State University, Makurdi The Philosophy of Public Sphere and Its Place in Public Debate
Awo Mana Asiedu, Ekua Ekumah and Sarah Dorgbadzi University of Ghana, Ghana Language and Body in Performance: A Study of Student Performers at The University of Ghana

PERFORMANCE IN POST MILITARY AFRICA
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Adebiyi Abiodun Lagos State University, Ojo The ‘Total Art’ Concept of Lagbaja: The Past, The Present and The Future
Albert O. Oikelome University of Lagos Fela’s Confrontational Lyrics in the Light of 21st Century Realities
Mbachaga Desen Jonathan University of Abuja Corrupt Practices by Public Office Holders and Its Implication for National Development: An Analysis of Rasaki Ojo Bakare’s The Gods And The Scavengers
Uwemedimo Atakpo, PhD University of Uyo Political Consciousness and the Nigerian Theatre: Femi Osofisan's A Restless Run of Locusts, Aringindin and the Nightwatchmen and Yungba–Yungba and the Dance Contest as Paradigm
Victor Ukaegbu, PhD University of Northampton Beyond Postcolonial, Post-Militarist Tropes: Osofisan’s Theatre of Popular Revolution
Tunji Sotimirin University of Lagos, Akoka Political Development and The African Theatre: A Case of Femi Osofisan’s Tegonni, Morountodun and Many Colours Make The Thunder King
Daniel Udo, PhD University of Uyo Playing to Reconcile: Osofisan’s Theatre and the Nigerian Polity

GENDER AND PERFORMANCE
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Angell Nguemo Yakubu Benue State University, Makurdi Women in the Crossfire of Conflict and the Quest for Peace: Femi Osofisan’s Farewell to a Cannibal Rage and A Restless Run of Locusts as Paradigm
Louisa Nnenna Onuoha National Museum Onikan, Lagos Women in Masking Tradition: Gelede Masquerade and Socio-Political Reform in the Society
Prof. M.A. Omibiyi Obidike University of Ibadan Female Performers of Music in Nigeria Continuity and Discontinuity of the Tradition
Mba Nonyelum Chibuzo University of Abuja Female Self-Rediscovery, Revolutionary Fervor and Development: Trend in Osofisan’s The Chattering and the Song
Mbachaga Desen Jonathan University of Abuja Women Empowerment In John Pepper Clark’s The Wives’ Revolt
Mfaga Modom (Mrs.) & Asen Marcellinus Benue State University, Makurdi Masculinities in Nigerian Drama: An Analysis of J.P. Clark’s The Wives’ Revolt and Femi Osofisan’s Red is the Freedom Road
Ndubuisi Nnanna University of Nigeria, Nsukka Femi-Nism: Woman as Significatory Ligature in Femi Osofisan’s Plays
Okolo, Ifeyinwa Genevieve University of Ibadan Gender War: Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again versus Tracie Chima Utoh’s Our Wives Have Gone Mad Again
Okwechime, E.O. and Prof. Ofuani, A.O. University of Benin Negotiating the Female Voice: The Example of Osofisan’s Tegonni
(Mrs.) Osita C. Ezenwanebe, PhD University of Lagos, Akoka Women, Economic Empowerment and Nigerian Drama: Implication for Economic and Human Development
Oyetoro H. A & Adedina N.O Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos Women as Societal Checks and Balances: The Study of Tegonni (An African Antigone) by Femi Osofisan
Praise Chidinma Daniel-Inim (Mrs) Igbinedion University, Okada Women as Sex Symbols in Nigerian Home Videos: A Study of Selected Films
Reuben Embu University of Jos Women and the Issue of Domestic Violence in Osofisan’s Altine’s Wrath
Segun Oyeleke Oyewo Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Gender in African Theatre: A Discourse of Female Aesthetics in Nigerian Theatre
Halima Sekula, PhD Nasarawa State University, Keffi Women As Agents of Socio-Political Change: An Analysis of the Roles of Female Characters in Femi Osofisan’s Morountodun

THE LANGUAGE QUESTION IN AFRICAN ARTS/PERFORMANCE
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Eme, Cecilia A. & Mbagwu, Davidson U. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka African Languages and African Literature
Prof. Ernest N. Emenyonu University of Michigan-Flint, USA The Language Question in Modern African Writing: Towards New Directions
Lynda Nkamigbo Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Rhyme In Tone Languages: Insights from Igbo Poems
Luke Eyoh, PhD University of Uyo Language and Style in Osofisan’s Comic Plays: A Study in Stylistic Criticism
Asadu F.O. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka L’effet de la phonetique française sur l’apprenant nigerian

YOUTH AND PERFORMANCE
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Adebiyi Abiodun Lagos State University, Ojo Youths and Popular Culture: An Appraisal
Austin ‘Maro Emielu University of Ilorin, Ilorin Popular Music and Youth Empowerment in Nigeria
Tor Iorapuu, PhD University of Jos Femi Osofisan, Youth and Performance in Nigeria’s Democracy: The Transformative Theatre Paradigm

THE WORKS OF FEMI OSOFISAN
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Adeniyi Kehinde Abimbola Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos The Concept of Total Theatre as Reflected in The Works Of Femi Osofisan: A Study of Farewell to Cannibal Rage
Abiola Olosunde University of Ibadan The Works of Femi Osofisan
Aondowase Boh Benue State University, Makurdi The Dramatist as A Revolutionary Writer: The Example of Femi Osofisan
Bolaji, Ezekiel Tunde Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Oto / Ijanikin, Lagos Osofisan’s Question Technique: A phono-grammatical Analysis of Morountodun
Prof. Charity Angya & Rosemary Asen Benue State University, Makurdi History and Gender in Select Plays of Femi Osofisan
Dele Bamidele Kogi State University, Anyigba The Revolutionary Temper of Femi Osofisan: The examples of Red is the Freedom Road and Morountodun
‘Diran Ademiju-Bepo, PhD Nigerian Film Corporation, Jos In My Father's House: The Poetics of Performance and the Performance of Poetics – Femi Osofisan’s Theatre as Socio-Cultural Intervention: Lessons for Nollywood
Festus Ogu Idoko University of Jos Femi Osofisan: Popularity of His Audience or Audience of His Popularity? A Survey of Two Nigerian University Communities
Ifeanyi Ugwu University of Nigeria, Nsukka The Vision of Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Readjustment in Four Plays by Osofisan: A Symbolic Approach
Jacob Manase Agaku, PhD University of Jos Groping in the Midnight Hotel: Reflections on A Prophecy
Komolafe Ayodele Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos Communication With Ease: A Look at Osofisan Language in some Selected Plays
Mnena Abuku Benue State University, Makurdi Osofisan and Humour: A Semiotic Discourse to Literary Art
Nwanaju, Uzoma T. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma The Philosophy of Femi Osofisan: An Issue of Alternative Paradigm
Obaje, A. Anthony Kogi State University, Anyingba Osofisan’s Quest for Societal Redirection: The Praxis of Once Upon Four Robbers
Rasheed, Olaitan Lateef Redeemer’s University, Mowe Space Considerations and the Staging Of Osofisan’s Morountodun: A Director’s Kaleidoscope
Sam Okoronkwo University of Lagos Femi Osofisan: A Marxist Perspective – The Rehearsal of Revolution and Revolutionary Aestheticism
Tunde Onikoyi University of Ibadan Adaptation as Postcolonial Resistance: Strategy in Femi Osofisan’s Tegonni: An African Antigone
Uche-Chinemere Nwaozuzu, PhD University of Nigeria, Nsukka Machiavellian Iconicity and the Minority Question in Nigerian Drama: A Study of Selected Plays of Femi Osofisan
Adeleke, E. B. & H. Oby Okolocha University of Benin, Benin City Of Sundry Folk: Characterization in Femi Osofisan’s Morountodun and Once Upon Four Robbers
Kenneth Efakponana Eni Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State Osofisan and the Paradox of A Literary Style
Julie Umukoro, PhD University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt Osofisan’s Dramaturgy and the Revolutionary Streak: The Concept of Messianism in Two Characters
Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, PhD Executive Director, Council for Arts & Culture, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Femi Osofisan’s Theatre of Social Resolution: The Example of Once Upon Four Robbers
Daniel Udo, PhD University of Uyo Playing to Reconcile: Osofisan’s Theatre and the Nigerian Polity

PERFORMANCE AND ICT
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Ola-Koyi, S. Joseph Bank Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye Performing Arts Programme and the Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.)

AFRICAN/DIASPORIC ARTS AND DEVELOPMENT
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Esiaba Irobi, PhD Ohio State University, Athens, USA Women Who Heal With Sounds: The Sangoma Theory of African Diasporic Performance
Onanuga, Cornelius Oluwarotimi Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Lagos The Content And Style of the ‘Agemo’ Traditional Songs of the Ijebu People, Nigeria

THE MDGs AND CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ARTS
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Onanuga, Cornelius Oluwarotimi Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Lagos The Millennium Development Goals In Nigeria: The Language Lacuna
‘Soji Cole University of Ibadan MDGS and the Relevance of Arts in an Age of Technological Dominance
Gowon Ama Doki, PhD & John Ochinya Onah Benue State University, Makurdi Are Nigerians Aware of the MDGs? A Theatre Dialogue

AFRICAN ARTS/PERFORMANCE AND GLOBALISATION
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Olusanya, Justina Olabowale Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Lagos The Pernicious Influence of Modernisation on Some Yoruba Cultural Practices
Obielozie Elizabeth O. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Folk Dance and Dance Performance: Of Body Copy and the Product
Josephine Mokwunyei, PhD University of Benin, Benin-City The Dramaturgical Importance of Music in Modern African Drama
Oluwagbemiga Oluwasegun Windapo Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education The Dwindling Fortunes of Live Drama Performance Amongst Nigerian Students
Osedebamen David Oamen University of Ibadan African Storytelling and Development
Tracie Chima Utoh-Ezeajugh, PhD Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Performance in His Blood: Performative Rhythms in Femi Osofisan’s Writings
Nonyelum Obi Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Folktale Among Contemporary Igbo People of Nigeria: Relevance and Prospects for the Future

POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN PERFORMANCE
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Adebola Ademeso Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos A Postcolonial State and the Messianic Syndrome: A Study of Osofisan’s Aringindin and the Nightwatchmen
Olubunmi Julius-Adeoye Redeemer’s University, Mowe Pan-African Post-Colonial Ideals in Osofisan’s Nkrumah-Ni...Africa-Ni! and Reel Rwanda
Emeka ‘Dibia Emelobe University of Ibadan Re-Inventing the Canon: The Role of African Films in Postcolonial Discourse

OTHER
NAME(S) INSTITUTION PAPER TOPIC
Emma Ejiofor Ebo Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Myth And Ritual As Potential Transmtters of Culture in Femi Osofisan’s Morountodun
Toluwalase Ajayi Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Conscience, Golden Rule and the Problem of Suicide
Ajiwe Uchechukwu Chimezie University of Ibadan Production Design in the Nigerian Home Video: The Need for Ergonomics