SONTA 2011 CONFERENCE
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA
– NOVEMBER 14th – 18th, 2011
AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA
THEME: NOLLYWOOD AND THEATRE FOR DEVELOPMENT (TFD):
EXPLORING THE BRIDGES OF INTERACTION
By November 2011, Nigeria would hopefully be in the sixth month after another successful transition from one government to another. This would be the third in the series since the return to democratic rule in 1999. However, the burning issues will remain how well this journey has been. Some of the crucial issues that
will dominate discussions will be the conduct of the elections, the state of
Nigeria’s democracy so far, and this would be measured by the extent to which citizens are benefiting from the democratic dispensation. Also, some of the issues that will continue to remain in the front burner for many Nigerians would be how democracy translates into good governance, accountability and how to tackle corruption. For democracy itself means nothing if it cannot translate to better and improved livelihood for the citizens. Questions on the how corruption has become a key aspect of patronage system and the dominant trait of our politics, and the overall corrosive effect on national development as it undermines state capacity and efficient delivery of public services and goods are matters of concern.
Therefore, dominating national debates will be the effect of corruption and how it may destabilize and discredit the democratic project in the short and long run. The net effect of all these on livelihoods and well-being of the citizens are issues from which no one can run.
It is also of importance to ask what platforms to enlist in these national debates. Outside of the National Assemblies where politicians harangue each other, we believe that the academe is a critical site for these debates to be prosecuted – for
analysis, for enlightenment and to offer suggestions because we must continue
to take a political position either not to ‘siddon look’ (do nothing) or to
implicate ourselves in the action of building the nation called Nigeria. At
this point in our national debate two platforms that do offer avenues for
debate are silver screen and the rusty and dusty arenas in urban and rural
communities across Nigeria. These two platforms are Nollywood and Theatre for
The conference is interested in exploring the interactions between these platforms. Hence the theme ‘Nollywood and Theatre for Development (TfD): Exploring the Bridges of Interaction.’ This theme captures our thinking that there are issues that both forms can address. It is possible therefore that points of convergence exist between the two in issues and in methodologies. We hope that the 2011 conference will go beyond the debate focusing on difference, of arguments whether Nollywood has invalidated TfD, or whether one has more relevance in certain locations than the other. Beyond the arguments on confrontation, we should also be exploring bridges of interaction as we confront Nigeria’s journey to realizing its full potentials.
- Nollywood and Political Awareness
- The Aesthetics and Semiotics of Nigerian Home Movies
- Nollywood and Nigerian Culture
- Globalization and Imperialism of Nigerian Home Movies
- Nollywood and Representation of Gender Issues
- New Trends in TfD Practice
- TfD and Nigerian Political Elite/Awareness
- TfD and Exploration of Gender Issues
- TfD and Cultural Development
- Language of TfD and Nollywood
- Music in TfD and Nollywood
- Dance in TfD and Nollywood
- The Political Economy of TfD and Nollywood
- The Dynamics of Numemclature: Nollywood Vs Home movies
- The Sociology of Nollywood and TfD production
Between Nollywood and TfD (Special Round Table)
Onokome Okome (Lead Presenter to set the tone), Tunde Kelani, Jonathan Haynes, Abdallah Uba, Mahmood Ali Balogun, Ayo Akinwale, Dave Awam Ankpa, Steve Oga Abah, John Illah, Foluke Ogunleye, Adagbada, Zulu Adigwe, Obi Okoli
First Call for Abstract June 30th 2011
v Second and Final Call for Abstract 30th August 2011
Final date for accepted full papers 15th October 2011
Registration: Local Participants N5, 000 Conference Fee, N5, 000 Membership (N10, 000) Total for Members whose Departments are registered
Departmental Registration: N10, 000
Foreign Participants: $100 Dollars Each
Local Participants can pay into the following account
Name of Account: Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists
Account Number: 2501250494120
Bank: Unity BankNig.Plc
Note: There will be no proxy presentations. Unlisted papers will also not be allowed for presentation
UPDATE: 14 September 2011 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:
2011 (NOV. 14 – 17)
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
NOV. 14TH ARRIVAL/REGISTRATION
9.-00 – 12.00 OPENING CEREMONY
Participants are seated
9.00am – invited guest/special guests are seated
9.30am – Principal officers of the university, HRH, the Lead Presenters
9.35am – National Anthem
9.40am – Introduction
9.45am – Remarks by the chairman of the occasion
9.50am – Welcome by LOC chairman: Professor O S Abah
9.55am – Address by SONTA President: Professor Emman S Dandaura
10.00am – Address by the VC, ABU: Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha
10.05am – Introduction of Lead Paper Presenters: 30 Minutes each.
1.Mr Michael Etherton: (TfD)
2.ProfessorOnokomeOkome:(Nollywood)Why teach Nollywood?
11.05 am –
Launching of Music album and Video Films by Theatre & Perf. Arts Dept
11.10am – Vote of thanks by the Convener Professor S A Kafewo
11.05am – 12.30am – Refreshment, Socializing leading to Lunch break
2.30 – 5.30PM ROUND TABLE SESSION
Moderator Professor John E S Illah
a) Professor Oga S Abah
b) Professor J Z Okwori
c) Dr Torbalav Iorapuu
d) Professor Dave Awam Ankpa
e) Ross Kidd
f) David Kerr
a) Mr Emeka Mba
b) Mr Segun Oyekunle
c) Mr Mahmood Ali-Balogun
d) Ms Zainab Bewell
e) Professor Abdallah Uba
f) Mr Sadiq Balewa
Rapporteur a)Dr Charles Nwadigwe
b) Dr Doki A Gowon
7.00 – 8.00AM Breakfast
session – 8.00 – 10.00
TfD and Cultural Development
- JanePlastow: Towards a radical Philosophy for Theatre forDevelopment
- Aondawose Boh: Theatre for Development, Culture and the National Question
- Komolafe A. Michael: Social Development and Government Reluctance: TFD to the rescue
- Hussaini U. Tsaku TfD and Cultural Development
- Onogu Williams Sunday: Challenges of Theatre for Development (TfD) and the Need for Conceptual and methodological Adjustments.
- Uwawah, Allero: Virtual Communities as Space for Theatre for Development (TfD)
- Sylanvus P. Dangoji: Ajiko Shrine as an Instance of Nollywood’s Commentary on Nigerian Political Culture.
Rapporteur a) Diran Ademiju-Bepo
b) Adakole Oklobia Jnr
Session 10.00 – 12.00noon
Chairman Professor Dapo Adelugba
- Steve Daniel: Ahmadu Bello University Theatre Experiments, Greenbelt Environment Initiative and Community groups: Case Study of the SECODA Initiative
- Festus O. Idoko: Development without Participation and or participation without Development: Interrogating the crisis of development in Kushe Community (near Kuru) Using the theatre for Development Approach as a Possible Panacea.
- James Luper Sokpo: The Practice of community Theatre in Nigeria:
A Methodological Discourse.
- Nasir Taofiq Olaide: Drama as Exploratory Paradigm in Lock-up Institutions; A Case Study of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro, Abeokuta.
- Uzoji, Emmanuel Ebere: Theatre and Peace building in Africa: The A-Mashish Street Theatre’s Panacea to Conflict Resolution in Darfur.
- Mbachaga, Desen Jonathan: Theatre for Development Participatory Monitoring and Feedback: The Example of Ikyaan Amua Communities in Benue State.
- Umar-Buratai, M. I. Confrontation or Cooption: Reflections on the Tendencies and Dilemma of TfD as a Development Strategy
Rapporteur a) Jamilah Aliyu Mohammed
3rd Session12.00noon – 2pm
Theme: Nollywood Vs. Theatre for Development
Chairman Professor Ayo Akinwale
- Obaje Umolo Gabriel: Harmonizing
the concepts of Nollywood with those of Theatre for
Development: the Existentialist Perspective.
- Martins Adegbe Ayegba: Alternative Futures: Developing Theatre for Development (TfD) Strategies for Nollywood in the New Dispensation.
- Israel Memriomame Wekpe& Ms. Owens Patricia ONI-EDIGIN: Of Nollywood’s Reality Vs Theatre for Development (TfD) Reality: A Site Performance of Nigeria’s Reality.
- Shaibu Jummah Umar: A dramatic means that builds bridges of interaction: A Study of Nollywood
and Theatre for Development (TfD).
- Bode Ojoniyi: Between Myth, Ideology and Intentionality in Nigerian Home Vidoeo
and its implications for the future of TFD.
- Charles Okwuowulu: The Aesthetics of Iconographic Visual Effects in Nollywood: The Nonlinear
- Adagbada Olufadekemi: Seeking Interplay between Nollywood and Stage: Political Awarenessin Yoruba Films as a Study case.
Rapporteur a) Elisha Rwang
b) Abdulrasheed Adeoye
Launch break 2.00 –2.30pm
4th Session 2.30 – 4.30pm
Theme: Nollywood and Representation of Gender
Chairman: Professor VS Dugga
- Oludolapo Ojediran: Singing in different Tunes: Nollywood’s Reflection on Gender, Language and Culture.
- Rasheedah Liman: Re-thinking the role of Home Video and Women Battering in Nigeria.
- Jamila A. Mohammed: Misrepresentation of Women in Nollywood.
- Gwar,E. Terngu: TFD and Exploration of Gender Issues; Implication for Policy Development and Practice
- Barclays, Foubiri Ayakoroma, Nollywood and Cultural Development: Milestones and Prospects for a Journey of the Future
6. Rasheed, Olaitan Lateef. & Kunle Abogunjoko The Concept of “Deux-Ex-Machina” in Conflict Resolution in Selected Nollywood Movies
7. Ameh Dennis Akoh & Mary Okocha: No, I Don’t Watch Nigerian Films: Reception and Popularity of Nollywood Films among Select Nigerian University Students
Rapporteur a)Emmanuel Uzoji
b) Charles Okwuowulu
5th Session: 4.30pm – 6.30pm
- Theme: The Dynamics of Nomenclature: Nollywood Vs Home movies
Chairman Professor Augustine Ufua Enahoro
- Iloma. Richard: The Arts of Editing and its impacts on film production in Nigeria: Case study of a selected Nollywood films.
- Okeke, Tochukwu, J. Culture and Societal change: Implications for
the Sustained Growth of Nollywood
- Edum S. and Obire Dennis: Nollywood and the Leadership Question: A Study of Selected Nigerian Video Films.
- Joy Anurika Udeh: Nollywood Themes and Development.
- Ben Due Iyav: Nollywood as a tool for the Promotion of Nigerian Culture: A Review of Challenges.
- Christine Odi: Nollywood and the Nigerian Reality: (Culture in Action?) A Study of Selected Nigerian Home Videos.
- Onyekaba Cornelius E. Home Video and Multiculturalism in Nigeria: A Study of the Impact of Nollywood films in Nigerian
Rapporteur a) S Y Daniel
b) Ali Sule Ako
DAY THREE – 17/11/2011
Session 1: 8.00 – 10.00
- Theme: The Political Economy of TfD and Nollywood
Chairman Professor S A Kafewo
- Oladipo Kalejaiye: Soyinka’s Theatre of Revolution: A Political Lesson for Nollywood
- Hammed Olutoba Lawal: Political Sensitization in Bolaji Amusan’s Baba Gomina
- Ernest-Samuel, Gloria C. Political Discourse through Nollywoods evolving Popular Arts. Uche Ogbuagu’s Okudi-over in Focus.
- Gowon Ama Doki Political Control representing Nigerian Politics and Politicians on the Screen.
- Emmanuel Uzoji: theatre, Terrorism and Genocide in Nigeria: An Examination of Theatre for Transformative Peace and conflicts in Plateau State.
- Nwagbo Nnenyelike: Towards
theatre criticism of Nigerian Film: A Study of Barclay’s Ayakoroma’s
Nollywood critical standpoint.
Rapporteur a) Ben Iyav Due
b)S M Bappa
Session 2 10.00 – 12.00
Theme: Sociology of Nollywood and TfD production
Chairman Professor E S Dandaura
- James L. S. and Lilian Y. I. Theatre for Development(TFD) A Practice or a Strategy?
- Ali Sule Ako: Our Men Are too Hungry for power. Adopting
the Theatre for development (TFD) approach to re-evaluate the
challenges and prospects of the 35% affirmative Action.
- Law Ikay Ezeh: Nollywood: has it represented, promoted, propagated and developed Nigerian Culture”
- Onyekaba Cornelius: Image Management and the Portrayal of the
Nigeria Police in selected Popular Nigerian home videos.
- Victor S. Dugga: Upping the Ante: Creating a Centre for
Exellence in Multimedia Technology and Cinematography for Nigeria Higher Education.
- Igaba Ogbu Sunday:Towards Participatory Video for Community
- Adeisa Peter Bello: Music, Dance and Ebira TFD: “Ataba and
Mattaga” Plays in Focus.
- Rwang, Elisha D. Development Agencies and the Quest for
Development: An Appraisal of Strategies of UNICEF assisted projects in Nigeria.
b) Christine Odi
Session 3: 12.00 – 2.00pm
Theme: The Aesthetics and Semiotics of Nigerian Home Movies
- Egwemi O. P and Illah: The Rise of Igala Home Video
- Ibrahim, D. Music and Dance in the Domestic Hausa Film
- Abubakar A. Liman: Democracy, cultural Hegemony and the war
against Hausa Video films.
- Muhammad R. Isah: Nuances of Interaction between Samaru Project Drama and the Dan-Ibro Hausa film
- Ayo Akinwale: Remunerations and Nigeria Actor in Yoruba Home Video productions
- Mohammed Inuwa U. Nigeria Home Video Movies: the Boom and the crisis/dilemma of content and social Relevance.
- Ellison Domkap: Semiology and Aesthetics of Sound: Interpreting
History in JETA Amata’s The Amazing Grace.
- Abaya, A. Samson: A Critical Discourse analysis of Sawaroide, A Yoruba Play.
Day 4 18th November Departure