n African Performance Review - Theatre training in the Nigeria University system : a critical assessment of selected design and technology courses at Ibadan and Lagos

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


From the early 1960s, when the first institution for the training of theatre artistes and practitioners in Nigeria was established at the University of Ibadan, the Nigerian University system has witnessed the establishment of Departments of Theatre Arts, Performing Arts and Creative Arts, all concerned with the training of graduates in theatre arts. Prominent among these universities are the Departments of Theatre Arts at the Universities of Ibadan, Calabar, Nsukka, Maiduguri and Abuja, the Departments of Creative Arts at the Universities of Port Harcourt and Lagos and the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Ilorin.

The paper examines the curriculums of the universities of Ibadan and Lagos in the areas of design and technology, with a view to assessing their adequacies. In essence, the paper attempts to relate the development of theatre practice in Nigeria to the training provided by the universities in the areas of design and technology.

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