Arts  |  Literature  

A festschrift in honour of Muyiwa Awodiya @70

By Editor   |   09 April 2017   |   1:18 am  

Muyiwa Peter Awodiya

Muyiwa Peter Awodiya is a professor of Theatre Management and Dramatic Criticism in the Department of Theatre Arts and Mass Communication, University of Benin, Benin City. He has for many years provided the tone and tempo of arts management and cultural scholarship at the University of Benin, and in most parts of the country. He is a colossus in arts management and cultural scholarship.

Born to the families of Chief James Esan Awodiya the late Odole of llesa in Osun State on August 14, 1947, the theatre icon turns 70 in August 2017. Educated mainly at the University of Ibadan and Georgia, U.S., he is a distinct scholar of several rare achievements. He is one of the pioneering staff of the Department of Theatre Arts and Mass Communication, University of Benin. He is also the first African to be appointed as the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of MUSON Centre, Lagos. He is an experienced university administrator, member of several academic professional bodies and one, whose scholarship has impacted on global trends in ethnic studies with a humanist bent.

It is for this reason and more that a book in his honour, Cultural Rejuvenation, Theatre Management and Performance Aesthetics: A Festschrift in Honour of Prof M. P. Awodiya @70 is proposed for public presentation during his 70th birthday celebration coming up in August 2017.

Scholarly and well-researched original papers are hereby solicited for the proposed book. The editors welcome essays, which are on but not limited to the following areas: ‘Tributes and Reminiscences on Prof. Awodiya

Renaming the African Child to Preserve Culture,’ ‘Redirecting African Plays for Cultural Rejuvenation,’ ‘Globalisation, Ethnicity, and African Arts Management,’ ‘A Critical study of Awodiya’s directing,’ ‘Management in Theatre Productions,’ ‘Awodiya’s Penchant for the Arts of the Theatre,’ ‘Cultural Education in Nigerian Secondary schools,’ ‘Culture at Risk: the Role of an Artist,’ ‘Managing Arts Institutions for National Development Communicative Tendencies in Modern Theatre Directing,’ ‘Defining Performance Objectives through Culture,’ ‘Revitalizing Linguistic Aesthetics in African Drama Aesthetic Dimensions of Awodiya’s Scholarship,’ ‘Awodiya and Ecological Studies
Orality and the Stage,’ ‘Film and Nollywood Criticism,’ and ‘Media Studies.’

Deadlines for abstract submission is May 30, 2017, while full paper submission deadline is June 30, 2017. Completed articles (not more than 7,000 words, including references) should be directed to: nicholasefe@yahoo.com and oraclechime@yahoo.com

In this article:
Muyiwa Peter Awodiya


  • Joseph Unogbo

    I am very expectant of great volumes chronicled in honour of a man with deep and unflinching passion for cultural revival in Africa with keen interest in the Nigerian nation. I passionately salute you @ 70 Sir, Professor Muyiwa Peter Awodiya.
    – Joseph Unogbo

You may also like