Theatre and Cultural Studies

Theater and Cultural Studies

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Profile of the Head of Department

Emmanuel S. Dandaura is the Foundation Head of the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi where he also doubles as the Chairman of the University Public Relations Committee. He is a seasoned theatre & film director, actor, designer and playwright. His documentaries have won many national and international awards in the last two decades. His recent play Venom for Venom won the Best Playwright Award of the Abuja Writers Forum in 2008. He started his career as a cultural officer with the Benue Arts Council in 1988 after bagging the prestigious NYSC National Honours Award. In 1990 he was appointed one of the pioneer lecturers in Theatre Arts by the University of Abuja where he served until his invitation to the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in 2009.

Before his appointment as Head of Department, Prof Dandaura had served at different times as development, entertainment and creative consultant to federal and state governments in Nigeria as well as international donor agencies like Ford Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Commonwealth Secretariat. His role as coordinating consultant to Nasarawa State Government on Culture and Tourism since 2008 to date has contributed greatly to the excellent results Nasarawa State has recorded in the Arts & Culture sector since 2008.

From 2009 to date, Prof. Dandaura functioned as examiner, assessor, and visiting Professor to many Universities in Africa and Europe. As a Fellow of SONTA, he has been on many accreditation teams of the National Universities Commission to assess the quality of the academic programmes in several Nigerian Universities. He is the 7th National President of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), the current President of the Nigerian Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and Chairman of the African caucus of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) as well as a Member of the Governing Council of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.

Permanent Home Address: Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Residential: NSUK Staff Quarters, Main Campus
Office: Mini Theatre Complex, Faculty of Arts, NSU, Keffi
Mobile Phone: +2348060030607

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Brief History of the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies

The Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi was established on 7th January 2009 as the first Department in a Nigerian University to run a full fledge honours Degree programme in Theatre & Cultural Studies. Its establishment by the University coincides with the superlative performance of the Nasarawa contingent to the Annual National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST). For five consecutive years (2007-2011) the Nasarawa State contingent has retained the Presidential Gong and title of Best Overall State at NAFEST. This is a feat the new Department has since begun playing  a substantial role towards sustaining. Students and staff of the Department were among the Nasarawa State contingent to both NAFEST 2012 and Abuja Carnival 2012.

The Department has also initiated series of training courses in design and technical theatre to fill the gap in the availability of such professionals in the Nigerian Theatre and Home Video industry. It has also spearheaded seven researches so far on various aspects of the material and non – material cultures of Nasarawa people. In the area of performance, students of the Department have continued to provide the campus and its environs professional entertainment in dance, drama and music. The team of highly motivated staff is led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Shamsudeen O. O. Amali, OFR, FSONTA.

The Department also serves as the Nigerian secretariats of the following National & International Professional Associations: Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), International Theatre Institute (ITI-Nigeria), International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC-Nigeria). The pioneer Head of Department, Professor Emmanuel Samu Dandaura, PhD, FSONTA currently serves as the concurrent National President of SONTA (2009-2013), ITI-Nigeria (2012- to date) and chairman of the African Caucus of the IATC (2011- to date). The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Student Association (NUTASA), which is the apex body for all theatre and performing arts students in Nigeria, is also currently domiciled in the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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The Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) programme in Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies is designed to produce graduates that would be well-grounded in theory and practice of Culture and Theatre Arts. It is expected that students would be adequately exposed to movements and performance techniques, philosophies and world-views that have sustained the practice of Theatre and Cultural Studies through the ages. The Programme aims at turning out graduates who will adequately fit into the Media Arts sector, Public Relations, Arts Councils, Theatre Scholarship and professional theatre practice.

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The objectives of the Theatre and Cultural Studies programme are to expose students to what they should expect in the job market. As a result of this, students would be exposed to the principal areas of Theatre and Cultural Studies like History of Theatre, Dramatic Literature, Production and Directing, Dance Choreography, Music, Theatre Administration, Technical Design and Construction, Public Relations, Media Arts, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

The programme is designed to allow the compulsory courses to cover the aforementioned vital areas of theatre practice. But within this overall strategy, students would still get the opportunity to avail themselves or specialize in the practical areas especially in their penultimate and final years. In the end, students who have gone through the programme would be well equipped to meet challenges of modern societies.

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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements into the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies are as specified by the NUC as follows:

  • Candidates for the four-year degree programme should possess the Senior School certificate (SSC) or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or their equivalents with at least 5 credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. In addition, candidates must have scores that are acceptable to the University Matriculation Examination (UME).
  • Candidates for direct entry admission shall posses 5 credits passes in the GCE or its equivalent of which at least two shall be at the Advanced Level, or 4 credits passes of which at least three shall be at Advanced Level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examination.
  • A Certificate or National Diploma (OND) or National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Theatre Arts or Cultural Studies in addition to 4 credits at the SSC or GCE or its equivalent.
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Teaching Staff Profile

Emmanuel S. Dandaura, fsonta, mnipr     – Professor and Head of Department
B.A (Hons), M.A. (Jos), PhD. (Development Communication) 

Shamsudeen O.O. Amali, OFR, fsonta, Finst. GLT
B.A (Hons) (Ibadan) PhD. (Wisconsin)             Professor and Vice-Chancellor

Lanrele Bamidele
B.A (Hons), M.A, PhD. (Ibadan)                          – Professor

Armstrong Idachaba
B.A (Hons), M.A. (Jos), PhD. (Abuja)                – Senior Lecturer

Chris Iyimoga
B.A (Hons), UNN, M.A. (Essex), PhD. (Essex) Senior Lecturer

Barclays Ayakoroma
B.A (Hons)  M.A. (Calabar), PhD.                       – Senior Lecturer

Lantana Ahmed    
B.A (Hons), MBA, M.A.                                            – Senior Lecturer

Philip Umoru
B.A (Hons), M.A. (Jos), PhD. (ABU)                   Lecturer I

Samuel Akpede
B.A (Hons), M.A.                                                        – Lecturer I

Daniel Chikada
B.A (Hons), M.A.                                                        – Assistant Lecturer

Anthony Ogande
B.A (Hons), M.A.                                                        – Assistant Lecturer

Zainab Anzaku
B.A (Hons)                                                                    – Assistant Lecturer 

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