About The Department

The Department of the Performing Arts of the University of Ilorin was established in 1981 with a student strength of 16 and 3 pioneering academic staff. The pioneering academic staff was made up of Professor A. A. Mensah, Dr.  Akanji Nasiru (now Professor) and Mr Yulisa Amadu Maddy. Professor A. A. Mensah was the pioneering Head of Department. 

12 other direct entry students later joined the 16 students the following year.  In 1983, Dr. (Mrs.) Zulu Sofola (later Professor and  now late ) who joined the Department  from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria became the Head of Department until 1988 when Professor Akanji Nasiru alternated with Professor Zulu Solfola as Acting Head of Department between 1988 and 1998. This phase of stability in the development of the Performing Arts marked the enlistment of Mrs. Bunmi Babarinde-Hall from U.S.A. to teach Dance in 1983.  Others such as Dr. Ayo Akinwale (now Professor) and Dr. Bode Omojola joined the Department in 1985. Professor Ayo Akinwale was Ag. Head of Department from 1998 to 1999 while Dr. Bode Omojola took over from him in 1999 to 2001. Mrs Lavinia    Thornton-Odejimi from U.S.A. was employed to teach Music briefly between 1987 and 1988. Mr. Segun Oyesoro (now Dr. Segun Oyewo) joined the staff in 1988 while Mr. Sam Amusan came on board in 1989.

 Of significance, however, was the employment of former students who graduated from the Department as academic staff in the Department.  Mr. S. E. Ododo (who left the Department as a Ph.D. holder and Senior Lecturer and, now a Professor) came on board of the academic staff in 1993 as the first ex-student of the Department to become a staff. He was the Ag. Head of Department from 2001 to 2003, and the first to obtain a Ph. D. in the Department in 2004. In 1993, two other members of staff were appointed. They are Mr. Taiye Adeola and Mr. Felix Akinsipe to teach Music and Dance respectively.  Miss Gladys Akunna also taught Dance briefly in the Department between 1997 and 2000 before resigning. Mr. R. A. Musa (now a Ph. D. holder who changed his name to AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye) who joined the Department in 1999 was the last staff employed in the 1990s. At least, thirteen  members of the academic staff graduated from the Department although most of them, like some of those listed above also studied in other reputable Universities in Nigeria.  The first staff who joined the Department in 2001 is Mr. J. O. Ojuade (now a Ph. D. holder). Others who joined the Department in the same year 2001 are Mr. S.O. Ikibe (now a Ph. D. holder), Mr. Austin Emielu (now a Ph.D. holder) and Mr. Felix Emoruwa (now a Ph. D. holder). Drs. Felix Emoruwa and Austin Emielu have, however, resigned from the Department. Mr. A. G. Adegbite and Mrs. S. O.O Shuaib (now a Ph.D. holder) joined the Department in 2002. Dr. Ekata Isibor also lectured in the Department between 2003 and 2006 while Mr. A. A. Amali, Mr. Kehinde  Olalusi and  Mr. Taiwo Olalusi joined the Department as staff in 2011. Dr. Oludolapo Ojediran, Dr. T. S. Arinde and Mr. K. Rufai-Ahmad are the newly recruited staff who joined the Department in 2013.

Today, the Department can boast of competent, brilliant and committed academic staff that are contributing to the development of the Department and striving hard to sustain, and build on the vision of the pioneering members. The Department has internationally acclaimed Professors, Senior Lecturers, and other scholars who are responsible for mentoring, teaching and supervising students at the Undergraduate level and in the Postgraduate Programmes.

The vision and philosophy of the Department blossomed and crystallised during the headship of Professor Zulu Sofola. The Department also witnessed remarkable developments during the tenure of Professors Akanji Nasiru, Ayo Akinwale and E. O. Kofoworola. The Philosophy of the Department is to teach Music, Dance and Drama being the three areas of the Performing Arts to our students.    

Before the demise of Professor Zulu Sofola in 1995, she initiated a Postgraduate Programme for the Department which had additional inputs from subsequent Heads of Department before it was approved in 2002. This was the year that Professor E. O. Kofoworola joined the Department as a contract staff following his sojourn in the United States of America. He was Head of Department from 2006 to 2009 while Professor Ayo Akinwale was again, Head of Department from 2009 to 2012. Suffice to say that Professor E.O. Kofoworola was the first Departmental PG Programme Coordinator. Professor Ayo Akinwale, Professor S. E. Ododo, Professor AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye, Dr. Solomon Ikibe and Dr. Austin Emielu were former PG Programme Coordinators while Dr. Segun Oyewo is the current PG Programme Coordinator. 

Since its establishment in 1981, the Department had graduated many students who are gainfully employed in several spheres of life – Culture and Creative Industries, Education, Military, Journalism, Banking, Advertisement, Public Relations and Commerce.  Others are also working in national, international and non-Governmental organisations. With a student population of 598 for the Undergraduate Programme and 81 at the Postgraduate Level, the Department is growing rapidly. Professor AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye, a scholar-artiste and an experimental theatre director is the current Head of Department.

 The Department of the Performing Arts of the University of Ilorin was established in 1981 with a student strength of 16 and 3 pioneering academic staff. The pioneering academic staff was made up of Professor A. A. Mensah, Dr.  Akanji Nasiru (now Professor) and Mr Yulisa Amadu Maddy. Professor A. A. Mensah was the pioneering Head of Department.  12 other direct entry students later joined the 16 students the following year.  In 1983, Dr. (Mrs.) Zulu Sofola (later Professor and  now late ) who joined the Department  from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria became the Head of Department until 1988 when Professor Akanji Nasiru alternated with Professor Zulu Solfola as Acting Head of Department between 1988 and 1998. This phase of stability in the development of the Performing Arts marked the enlistment of Mrs. Bunmi Babarinde-Hall from U.S.A. to teach Dance in 1983.  Others such as Dr. Ayo Akinwale (now Professor) and Dr. Bode Omojola joined the Department in 1985. Professor Ayo Akinwale was Ag. Head of Department from 1998 to 1999 while Dr. Bode Omojola took over from him in 1999 to 2001. Mrs Lavinia    Thornton-Odejimi from U.S.A. was employed to teach Music briefly between 1987 and 1988. Mr. Segun Oyesoro (now Dr. Segun Oyewo) joined the staff in 1988 while Mr. Sam Amusan came on board in 1989.

 Of significance, however, was the employment of former students who graduated from the Department as academic staff in the Department.  Mr. S. E. Ododo (who left the Department as a Ph.D. holder and Senior Lecturer and, now a Professor) came on board of the academic staff in 1993 as the first ex-student of the Department to become a staff. He was the Ag. Head of Department from 2001 to 2003, and the first to obtain a Ph. D. in the Department in 2004. In 1993, two other members of staff were appointed. They are Mr. Taiye Adeola and Mr. Felix Akinsipe to teach Music and Dance respectively.  Miss Gladys Akunna also taught Dance briefly in the Department between 1997 and 2000 before resigning. Mr. R. A. Musa (now a Ph. D. holder who changed his name to AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye) who joined the Department in 1999 was the last staff employed in the 1990s. At least, thirteen  members of the academic staff graduated from the Department although most of them, like some of those listed above also studied in other reputable Universities in Nigeria.  The first staff who joined the Department in 2001 is Mr. J. O. Ojuade (now a Ph. D. holder). Others who joined the Department in the same year 2001 are Mr. S.O. Ikibe (now a Ph. D. holder), Mr. Austin Emielu (now a Ph.D. holder) and Mr. Felix Emoruwa (now a Ph. D. holder). Drs. Felix Emoruwa and Austin Emielu have, however, resigned from the Department. Mr. A. G. Adegbite and Mrs. S. O.O Shuaib (now a Ph.D. holder) joined the Department in 2002. Dr. Ekata Isibor also lectured in the Department between 2003 and 2006 while Mr. A. A. Amali, Mr. Kehinde  Olalusi and  Mr. Taiwo Olalusi joined the Department as staff in 2011. Dr. Oludolapo Ojediran, Dr. T. S. Arinde and Mr. K. Rufai-Ahmad are the newly recruited staff who joined the Department in 2013.

Today, the Department can boast of competent, brilliant and committed academic staff that are contributing to the development of the Department and striving hard to sustain, and build on the vision of the pioneering members. The Department has internationally acclaimed Professors, Senior Lecturers, and other scholars who are responsible for mentoring, teaching and supervising students at the Undergraduate level and in the Postgraduate Programmes.

The vision and philosophy of the Department blossomed and crystallised during the headship of Professor Zulu Sofola. The Department also witnessed remarkable developments during the tenure of Professors Akanji Nasiru, Ayo Akinwale and E. O. Kofoworola. The Philosophy of the Department is to teach Music, Dance and Drama being the three areas of the Performing Arts to our students.    

Before the demise of Professor Zulu Sofola in 1995, she initiated a Postgraduate Programme for the Department which had additional inputs from subsequent Heads of Department before it was approved in 2002. This was the year that Professor E. O. Kofoworola joined the Department as a contract staff following his sojourn in the United States of America. He was Head of Department from 2006 to 2009 while Professor Ayo Akinwale was again, Head of Department from 2009 to 2012. Suffice to say that Professor E.O. Kofoworola was the first Departmental PG Programme Coordinator. Professor Ayo Akinwale, Professor S. E. Ododo, Professor AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye, Dr. Solomon Ikibe and Dr. Austin Emielu were former PG Programme Coordinators while Dr. Segun Oyewo is the current PG Programme Coordinator. 

Since its establishment in 1981, the Department had graduated many students who are gainfully employed in several spheres of life – Culture and Creative Industries, Education, Military, Journalism, Banking, Advertisement, Public Relations and Commerce.  Others are also working in national, international and non-Governmental organisations. With a student population of 598 for the Undergraduate Programme and 81 at the Postgraduate Level, the Department is growing rapidly. Professor AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye, a scholar-artiste and an experimental theatre director is the current Head of Department.

HOD

Professor Abdulrasheed A. Adeoye

Professor AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye was born in the late 1960s to Mr. and Mrs. Musa Adeoye of Agbeye town in Odo-otin Local Government of Osun State, Nigeria. His Father is the scion of Ojomu dynasty of Agbeye while his Mother is a princess of Ahunloye ruling house of Okua, another agrarian and hybrid community in Odo-otin Local Government Area. He was formerly known as Rasheed Abiodun Musa and he changed his name on 12th June 2008 to AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye.

His primary education took place at Baptist Primary School, Kano, Nigeria between 1974 and 1980. Kano afforded him the opportunity to learn the best of Christian doctrines in School, and Islamic ethics at home and at the neighbourhood. He attended Agbeye Community High School, Agbeye for his secondary education between 1980 and 1985. Agbeye Community High School also prepared him for the prospects and challenges in literary and debating activities. He was taught the history, culture, ethics, mores and cosmology of Yoruba people during festivals, marriage ceremonies and other social events in his town. He was the Social Prefect of his secondary school and he was the best student in Literature. He read Performing Arts and he received the Senate prize for the best graduating student in Performing Arts at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin during the 1996/1997 Academic Session. He was at the University of Ibadan, between 1999/2000 and 2006/2007 for his Postgraduate Programmes. During these periods, he bagged M.A. Theatre Arts (2000) and Ph.D. Theatre Arts (2007) degrees. He specialised in Play Directing. He also has a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin.

He started lecturing at University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria in 1997. He has, however, been teaching Play Directing, Playwriting, Dramatic Literature and Criticism, Acting, Theatre History, Media Arts, Performance Theories and Theatre Practical/Workshop courses in the Performing Arts Department, University of Ilorin, Ilorin since 1999 to date. He has published in revered local, national and international journals. To access some of his publications, please visit http://www.arts.unilorin.edu.ng/index.php/2014-03-24-11-05-49/performing-arts/122-dr-abdulrasheed-adeoye-abiodun. In the last six years, he has contributed to the edition of three major Nigerian academic journals as Production and Assistant Editor. He edited The Dramaturgy of a Theatre Sociologist: Festschrift in Honour of Ayò Akínwálé in 2012. He co-edited Culture, Identity and Leadership in Nigeria, a Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists’ book with the former SONTA President, Emmanuel S. Dandaura in 2010. Also, he has edited eight volumes of The Performer: Ilorin Journal of the Performing Arts, the official journal of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He was promoted to the rank of Professor of Performing Arts in 2015. On the professional plane, he has directed many plays in the American, European and African traditions. The recent ones were: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Tewfik               Al-Hakim’s Fate of a Cockroach, Wale Ogunyemi’s Queen Amina of Zazzau, Bode Sowande’s Tornadoes Full of Dreams and Kola Ogunmola’s The Palmwine Drinkard. He has served as national judge to Nigerian major festivals such as NAFEST, Abuja Carnivals and NYSC annual events. He is also serving as External Examiner to some Institutions in Nigeria.

Professor Adeoye belongs to the following professional and academic organisations; Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), National Association for the Promotion of Studies in Arts and Sciences (NAPSAS), International Federation of Translators (IFT), Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA), International Theatre Institute (ITI), Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN), International Research and Development Institute, Performance Philosophy, Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA), International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and others.

He has also been privileged to serve, and still serving in various administrative and academic positions in the University of Ilorin. He was Ag. Head of Department of the Department of Performing Arts between 2012 and 2014, Postgraduate Coordinator, Level Adviser, Assistant Hall Master, Member, Unilorin Ceremonials Committee; Chairman, Credit Committee of Multipurpose Cooperative Academic Society; Faculty of Arts Representative on the Board of Education and Engineering, Final Year Project Coordinator, Staff Adviser to Man ‘O’ War, Performing Arts Students Association, Faculty of Arts Students Association. Presently, he is a member of the Governing Council, University of Ilorin.

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