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Duro Oni delivers Inaugural lecture

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the University of Lagos, Professor Duro Oni will deliver the second inaugural lecture in the 2010/2011 academic session on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

The lecture entitled, LIGHTING: BEYOND ILLUMINATION will take place under the distinguished chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe, in the Main Auditorium, Main Campus, Akoka, at 4.00p.m.

Born on December 15, 1952, Professor Oni attended the University of Ibadan (1971 -1973), California Institute of the Arts (1981 – 1983) and University of Ibadan (1998 – 2002). He earned B.F.A, M.F.A, (CalArts), Diploma in Drama and PhD (Ibadan).

The accomplished don started his career as a Theatre Technician in the Centre for Nigerian Cultural Studies of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1973-1976).

Professor Duro Oni

The erudite scholar joined the services of the University of Lagos in October 1976 as Head, Auditoria Management/Theatre Technical Manager in the defunct Centre for Cultural Studies. He became a Senior Arts Fellow/ Head, Auditoria Management in 1985; Director in 1992 and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in 1997. He was appointed Professor in 2005.

A versatile administrator, Professor Oni has served the University in numerous administrative capacities. He is currently a member of the University’s Governing Council. He was the initiator of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Creative Arts in the University (1993). He was Chairman, Postgraduate Committee, Department of Creative Arts (2001-2003); Chairman, Postgraduate Programmes Drawing Committee for Postgraduate degree programmes in Creative Arts (2002-2004); Chairman, Auditoria Management Board (2002 – date); Chairman, Programmes Drawing Committee for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Creative Arts (1993-1997); Member, University of Lagos Staff Welfare Advisory Board (1997-2000) and Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Lagos (2008-2009).

Others include Member, University of Lagos Home Ownership Committee (1996-2000); Member, University of Lagos Lagoon Front Tourist Board (1996-2000); Member, University of Lagos Staff Home Ownership Scheme (1993-1997); Member, Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos Management Board (1992-1997); two-time Member, Administrative and Technical Staff Committee (1990/1991 & 2007-date) and two-time Member, University of Lagos Senate (1988-1990 & 2005-date).

Outside the University of Lagos, Professor Oni was the Director/Chief Executive, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC, 2000-2006); Special Assistant/Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Culture and Social Welfare (1990-1991); Special Assistant/Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports (1991-1992); Chairman, International Organising Committee on the Conference: Harnessing Research in the Interest of Africa and the Africans in Diaspora, University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Post of Spain, Trinidad (2006); Technical Manager/Director, Abuja Carnival 2005 and 2007; Member, Nigerian Delegation to the Executive Council Meeting of the World Tourism Organisation Meeting, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil (2004); Chairman, Organising Committee, International Workshop on Globalisation, Identity Politics and Social Conflict, April 2003, jointly organized by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) and Globalisation, Identity Politics and Social Conflict Project (GIPSC) of the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, among numerous others.

Apart from presenting papers in several local and international workshops, seminars as well as conferences, Professor Oni has been a Postgraduate Examiner to the University of Abuja (2009) and the University of Jos (2008-2009). He has also served as Senior Lectureship Assessor to the University of Ghana, Legon (2007-2008), Professorial Assessor to Lagos State University (2008), Professorial Assessor to the University of Jos (2209), External Examiner, Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University (2009-date) and Professorial Assessor to the University of Derby, UK.

The don is a member of many professional bodies. These include the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA) among others.

The ardent theatre technician has several portfolios of productive works. These include lighting design for Bill Morrison’s Flying Blind, Morgan Wixon Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA (1983), lighting design for Uwa Hunwick’s Ogbanje, Nigeria, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil, Artistic Director (1983), lighting design for Dora Ifudu’s One Night Stand, National Theatre of Nigeria (1983) among several others.

Besides, he has won numerous laurels including Nigerian Presidential Nominee on the Place du Souvenir Historical Commission, Dakar, Senegal (2005), Abuja 2003 Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting Technical Committee as Technical Director (2003), Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners Award for Excellence (2003), Jadeas Award for the Best Chief Executive in the Cultural Sector (2002), Special commendation by the Kennedy Centre, Washington D. C. for design work on Things Fall Apart at the Centre (1999), Raduga International Award, Mexico for Outstanding lighting design for Bala Miller Show Television Series (1985) and so on.

The prolific writer and accomplished researcher has authored and co-authored several scholarly and literary books. He is widely published in national and international learned journals, besides being read in several scholarly conferences, seminars and workshops.

Professor Duro Oni is happily married and blessed with children.