For a whole week, the campus of Ekiti State University was in a frenzy mood as the Faculty of Arts pulled all plugs to organize various cultural events ranging from food competition, Ayo games, Inter faculty debate competition, exhibition of arts, tradition and culture and so many more.
It was exciting and fun as the beauty of African culture, food, dress and makeup crystallized and students from all faculties attended and display their culinary skills and dress sense.It was a colourful week indeed.
According to the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof M.A. Abiodun, the Acaculture week is an annual celebration funded by the faculty of Arts and University management to remind the students of their cultural heritage, the history of their progenitors and to relive the old times of beautiful and enduring cultural life style.
The incumbent president of the Acaculture team, Funsho said the group members are all from the Faculty of Arts and their mission is to project the African Culture at its best.
On the grand finale which was marked on Friday, July 31st, 2015, the Ekiti State University campus received two African icons of Nigerian extraction, great musicians and ambassadors of African folk music and tradition, the mask man of Nigerian entertainment industry “LAGBAJA” whose real name is Bisade Ologunde and the dreadlock wearing soft spoken “BEAUTIFUL NUBIA” on arrival at the university.
A large crowd of ecstatic students followed LAGBAJA and BEAUTIFUL NUBIA from the satellite gate of the University to the Omolayo Administrative block where the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oladipo Aina is waiting.
The two musicians were led to the Vice-Chancellor’s office by Prof. M.A. Abiodun, Prof. Olajide (Director GST), Prof S.O. Kolawole (Dean, Faculty of Arts), and Dr. Kola Oyewo (HOD, Theatre and Media Arts).
Professor Oladipo Aina welcomed LAGBAJA and BEAUTIFUL NUBIA to his office and thanked them for honouring the ACACULTURE’s Invitation.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the duo that his administration is committed to promotion of African and Yoruba Culture.
In their words, LAGBAJA and BEAUTIFUL NUBIA commended the Vice-Chancellor for the infrastructural transformation of the University adding that the visibility and ranking of Ekiti State University has improved significantly in recent times.
Thereafter, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oladipo Aina led the musicians and other senior university staff with multitude of student’s population in awareness trek to the 3000-seater auditorium, venue of the event.
The event featured performance from Theatre Arts Students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) and other invited institutions.
The dance performance by FUOYE students electrified the venue with their great energy, focus and delivery.
Upstage is the MASK MAN, LAGBAJA who delivered two of his hit songs “ONIGELE YII” and “WHENEVER”.
Beautiful Nubia was ushered on stage with his song “OWURO LOJO”. He went ahead to deliver five of memorable songs including “SEVEN DAYS” (AM AN AFRICAN BOY) and the rest.
The Vice-Chancellor cut the ACACULTURE cake made in form of a talking drum and LAGBAJA and BEAUTIFUL NUBIA took time for photograph and signing for student’s autographs.