The Arts Theatre of the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), will, from today, Tuesday, 26th July through Thursday, 28th July, 2016, host the 400Level students of department in their seminar presentations.

The presentations in the course, TCS 414: Culture and National Development, is part of the course requirement in partial fulfilment for the award of the first degree ((B.A.) in Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Disclosing this to Nico news, the course lecturer, Visiting Associate Professor Barclays Ayakoroma said the open seminar is designed for students to discuss various aspects of culture and development in contemporary times in order to also build in them confidence in public speaking, which will help them to function very well in the larger society after their graduation.

According to Prof. Ayakoroma, who is the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), added that the above informed the choice of themes, such as, “The Place of Food and Dress in National Development”, “The Significance of Traditional/Contemporary Music and Dance in National Development”, “The Role of Arts and Crafts in National Development”, “Indigenous Language and Folk Media as Tools for National Development”, “TV-Film Media as a Tools for National Development”, “Enhancing National Development through Radio and Print Media”, and “The Place of Internet and the Social Media in National Development”.

Other themes include, “The Role of Traditional and Modern Sports in National Development”, “The Role of Traditional/Herbal Medicine in National Development”, “The Contribution of Festivals and Carnivals in National Development”, “The Place of Birth, Naming, Initiation, Marriage and Funeral Ceremonies in National Development”, and “Kingship, Chieftaincy and Traditional Institution as Instruments for National Development”.


The culture and film scholar further said: “You can see that the themes cover virtually all aspects of our cultural life and endeavour. So, it is aimed at preparing the students for the future. It is an exercise I always make sure that my students undergo. For instance, at the University of Port Harcourt, my students then and the entire university looked forward to Seminar in Theatre Management. Since I started it in NSUK, it has been rewarding to the students and lecturers. Even many of my former students in UNIPORT still call me and tell me that the experience of the seminar has been rewarding to their various activities.”

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre