On a day that would have been the 76th birthday of Professor Dapo Adelugba (aka Uncle D/Baba D) (1939-2014), his former students, mentees, associates and admirers will be convening a seminar at the University of Lagos to honour him.
Prof. Dapo Adelugba was born on March 9, 1939 and 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.
The erudite theatre director and scholar, who aside being a distinguished theatre teacher and practitioner was also a ‘father’ and mentor to many practitioners and scholars across disciplines in the humanities in the country today,passed on at the age of 75 on November 23, 2014.
Details of the event are as follows:
Theme: DAPO ADELUGBA: REMNISCENCES ON A DISTINGUISHED LIFE
Date: Monday 9th March, 2015.
Time: 11 am to 2 pm.
Venue: Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos.
Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, Writer, English Lecturer, UNILAG
Odia Ofeimun, Poet, Literature Activist
Alhaji Wasee Kareem – CEO ZMIRAGE Multimedia Company
Prof. Sunday Ododo – President Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists, SONTA; Lecturer Univ. of Maiduguri
Ben Tomoloju, Playwright, Director; Culture Communicator
Longley Evru – Theatre Artiste, CEO, Angels Communications
Tade Adekunle – Ex- President, Nat. Assoc. of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners, NANTAP
Prof. Duro Oni – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Establishment services), University of
The event is coordinated by the Dapo Adelugba Group and UI Theatre Arts Alumni under the leadership of Prof. Duro Oni.
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