Culture expresses our lifestyle in all ramifications but some see African culture as uncivilised way of life, while the foreign culture is seen as the civilized one, thereby rendering our culture endangered. This was the theme of Ekiti State University (EKSU), English students annual dance and drama presentation aimed at propagating our culture through the Theatre. Awe Olanrewaju and Afolabi Iyabo write.
The drama proceeded the dance, in which the groups are subdivided into three. The drama portrays the three ethnic groups in Nigeria on the lack of peace, harmony, selfishness, and co-operation. The drama portrays the need for necessary change. The comment of drama presentation was one of the success the department had and implored the school management to appreciate the course unlike other courses. It touches every aspect of human life .
The three groups presents Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa culture which portrays our personality and potential in the community. The leader for group one whose name is “Ilelaboye Dupe” finds the course interesting but their performance for the tech day was a woeful one, she was still being optimistic on the presentation for an improvement.
Group2 leader, “Ogunleye Adebayo Samuel (a.k.a Adex)” also finds the course interesting, educative and motivative, he said the performance was an impressive one .
To Mr Adeleke the lecturer in charge of the course,the presentation was an educative one and the students performed amazingly.
Group3 leader, Anjorin Ouwadamilare said “In the onset it was tedious, challenging and demanding in terms of money, energy to make it a reality they did their best, by making use of there energy and facial expression.
Adeleke said the aim of the performance is to make it a continuous assessment for the 100 level students.
The presentation commenced fully by group1 leader who introduced the dance as “ponshe” from Abeokuta. The group consisted 10 dancers five males and five females. Ilelaboye described the dance as a couple dance that brought about unity amidst the men and women of Abeokuta in the diversity of their culture.
Adeleke commented on their make-up and costume and their hair-do and said their costume had diverted the dance from Abeokuta.
Group2 was introduced as “Apepe” also from Abeokuta. Their dance comprised four male and female with kampala attire. Apepe dance portrays the usefulness of bamboo tree. The judges also commented on their costume to be white cloth beads and bamboo stick.
Group3 was introduced as “Okoto” dance from Egba land which is used to appraise the god of Olumo in a kind of festival. Their costume befitted their dance, the dance comprised four males and females..
The students finds the course interesting, educative, challenging and a proof of talent to bring out the potential to multivate people. Alaba Abidemi Austine the governor of the class express his view and sees the course as an impression of love & unity to the society and a kind of bringing out the culture in us as the best.
The deputy governor Saye Oluwakemi Rebecca said “My first impression was interesting but I found it stressful combining with other courses …thank God I passed through. She further said that she sees it as an encouragement and competition to discover herself and achieve her dream. Alao Titilope Abidemi, the governor for English education find the course stressful but funfilled, he further said that he would be missing the course.
Despite that there is no department of theatre art in E.K.S.U, English students still brings out the glory which they are proud of