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Performing Artists Gather At Ibadan Varsity For Bode Sowande At 70


The Oasis Reporters

May 10, 2018

A portrait of the Man was presented to Prof. Bode Sowande by the South West Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA,. On the left is their chairman and on the right is Toye Arulogun, Hon. Commissioner for Information, Oyo State. He’s a graduate of the Theatre arts department, University of Ibadan.
Bode Sowande (middle) kept wondering how they got that particular photo to make the portrait.

Thespians gathered at the Theatre Arts auditorium, University of Ibadan, weekend from all over the south west of Nigeria. Their gathering was not to examine the
‘Ideological Mutations in the Drama of Bode Sowande’, as Ameh Dennis Akoh of the Osun State University would write about, it was to celebrate the man, Bode Sowande, a post soyinkan professor of Theatre arts.

And the question is, who is Bode Sowande?

Ever read any, or all of the following books ?


1 of 3
Farewell to Babylon and other plays

Tornadoes full of dreams

Circus of Freedom Square

Our man, the president

Ajàntálá, Pinocchio

2 of 3
Flamingo and other plays

Without a Home

The Missing Bridesmaid

The Carioca File

Sowande had just clocked 70 and eminent professors in the theatre arts profession, historians, writers etc gathered to celebrate the jolly good fellow where it all started for him – at the premier University of Ibadan.

Thespians cannot gather without performances.

Bode Sowande was born on the 2nd of May in 1948. He is a Nigerian writer and dramatist, known for the ” theatrical aesthetic of his plays about humanism and social change”, so said Ameh Akoh.

Prof. Bode Sowande taught Theatre arts at the University of Ibadan, but left over twenty years ago.
He currently lectures at the Department of Performing Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye,Ogun State in south west Nigeria.


Oloye Lekan Alabi was there. He gave a speech.
Emeritus Prof. Femi Osofisan (left).


Standing as discussant, Prof. Matthew Umukoro, Head of Dept, Theatre Arts. Seated on the left is the celebrant,  Bode Sowande and to the right is Prof. Jerry Alagboso, lawyer, writer, historian and head of History Dept, University of Ibadan .

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