University of Ibadan renames art theatres after Wole Soyinka and Geoffrey Axworthy


Nigeria’s foremost University of Ibadan (UI) on Tuesday renamed its Arts Theatre after Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka while its Practical Theatre studio was also named after Geoffrey Axworthy.

The University honoured both scholars who have had great imparts in the history of the institution.

Speaking at the unveiling of the theatre, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, said the event marked a landmark in the history of the university.

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The vice-chancellor said the two iconic figures had played significant roles in the development of the department and the growth of performing arts in the country.

While late Axworthy was the founding Director of the School of Drama of the university of Ibadan in 1962, Soyinka was also the founding head when the school was transformed into a full Department of Theatre Arts in 1970.

The Nobel Laureate in his remarks appreciated the gesture towards him and Axworthy, adding that he was in a familiar environment with lots of memories.

“This is a place of memories for me, I also felt contented co-honouring me with Geoffrey Axworthy who fought so hard to make the department what it is today.

“It is very easy to forget pioneer, but I have to say that our successors here have a sense of history, so, I must thank you all for this, “he said.

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He also urged the lecturers and students of the department to continue to make it great with creative production.

“You all should try and have fun like we used to and continue to make the department great with creative productions, “he said.

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