The 2012 edition of the African Theatre Association (AfTA) International Annual Conference, with the theme, “Querying Africa: Dis-ease, Metamorphosis and Uncoventionality in African Theatre Performance,” opened yesterday at the Hiddingh Campus of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with the association President, Dr. Osita Okagbue, expressing happiness that six years on, the conference has become a reference point in scholarship in the African continent.

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is attending the conference with his Special Assistant, Mr. Ebi Campbell, is expected to present a paper, titled, “Reviving the Use of Indigenous Languages in the Contemporary Nigerian Society: The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Initiative.

The ES told Nico news that the conference provides a veritable platform for him to intimate African theatre scholars on the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) and explore areas of synergy, adding that it will also facilitate the Institute’s drive to internationalise the programme for Nigerians in the Diaspora.


Theatre scholars like Professor Austin Ovigue Asagba (Uniben, Benin), Professor Alex Asigbo (NAU, Awka), Professor Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh (NAU, Awka), Professor Charles Nwadigwe (NAU, Awka), Professor ABC Toni-Duruaku (IMSU, Owerri), Dr. Gowon Doki (BSU, Makurdi), Dr. Sola Fosudo (LASU, Lagos), are among those attending the conference.

(c) Nico news