Beginning from Wednesday, 19th to Saturday, 22nd October, 2016, the Nigerian Oral Literature Association (NOLA) will hold its 4th Bi-ennial Conference at the University of Abuja, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Conference, hosted by the Faculty of Arts, University of Abuja, with the theme: “Orality, New Media and Creative Industries”, is expected to examine the influence of new media and its promotion of the creative industries in Nigeria and Africa.

According to information available to NICO News, the theme of the conference has been informed by the current evolutionary changes in the media and communication sector that have, in recent times, fostered efficient and seamless transmission of information, knowledge and interaction across the globe.

 darahIn this new globalisation, some of the world’s largest corporations and most iconic creators, inventors and investors are to be found in the communications media economy.

Radio, television and social media platforms, such as, Internet, facebook, linkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Skye, Blogs, and various digital media devices enable billions of people to connect and interact; and all these phenomenal transformations give greater primacy to ORALITY and its associated media.”

Meanwhile, the conference is also expected to evaluate the effects of exponential changes on creative artists, scholars, researchers, policy makers, service providers, inventors and marketers, among others, as well as their contributions to national economic growth and diversification.

Sub-themes for the conference include: Oral Traditions, New Media and Economy of Creative Industries; Orality, Social Media, Creative/Entertainment Industries; Oral Literatures, New Media and Creative Industries; Orality, New Media and Popular Culture; Orality, Folklore and the Internet; Orality, New Media and Digital Storytelling/Narration; Orality, New Media, and Popular Music; Oral Literatures, New Media, Theatre, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts; Orality, Oratorical Arts, Stand-Up Comedy; Orality, New Media, Proverbs, Riddles, Jokes, Aphorisms, etc.

Others are Orality, New Media, Video Films, Nollywood Industries; Orality, New Media, Mass Communication, Broadcasting/Journalism; Orality, New Media, Festivals, and Creative Industries; Oral Traditions, Tourism/Travels and Creative Industries; Orality, New Media, Linguistics, Languages and Multi-culturalism; Orality, New Media, and Translation/Transmissions; Orality, New Media, Fine and Designed Arts/Industries; Orality, New Media, Gender, Women and Creative Industries; Orality, New  Media, Children/Juvenile Arts; Orality, New Media, Religions, Ethics and Creative Industries; Orality, New Media, Cyber Crime and Cyber Security; Orality, New Media, Marketing, Advertising and Creative Industries; Orality, New Media, Training and Education of         Artists; Orality, New Media, Research and Documentation and Orality, New Media, Sports and Recreation Events.

The conference, which has Professor GG Darah, the NOLA Preseident as Convener and Professor AA Kolawole, DVC, University of Abuja, as LOC Chair, will have Professor Mobolanle Ebunoluwa Sotunsa of Babcock University, Inisan-Remo, as Keynote Speaker, Professor Michael Adikwu, the Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, as Chief Host; just as Professors Chinyere Nwahunanya of Abia State University, Uturu and Nereus Yerima Tadi of Gombe State University are expected to present lead papers.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit