Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare, a lecturer at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State has advocated the use of music, drama and dance in solving the various problems affecting Nigeria.
The former Director General, Abja Carnival, stated that the three instruments of entertainment had, in the past, proven as veritable sources of succiour and meaningful engagement that make people, especially youths, happy in other climes with similar challenges.
Bakare, a Professor of Choreography and Performance Aesthetics at FUOYE made the proposal in his inaugural lecture which was titled, “The Healing Properties of the Performative Trinity for a Troubled Society”.
According to him, the three components of entertainment could also be used as part of a socioeconomic re-engineering strategy for the country, describing them as critical mobilising factors which are capable of healing the wounds in the hearts of the country and its people.
Bakara claimed to have composed well over 400 songs as well written quite a number of musical works which include choreographing a total of 200 dance works, as part of his contribution to academics and entertainment since becoming a university lecturer over twenty years ago.
“Beyond the clinical use of music as a therapy and its communicative power through lyrics, it also aids social engineering as well as act as catalyst for behavioural change,” Bakare stated.
“This is because members of any given society require art as an avenue for self perception and self analysis so as to engender social instruments of judgement and value measurement.
“For instance, with particular focus on the youths of Nigeria, cutting across the diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological divide, dance can be used as an experimental instrument in form of carnivals, festivals, street dance and contests,” he added.
The dance specialist recalled that at a time in Nigerian history, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in response to negative publicity and global diplomatic setbacks experienced by Nigeria, adopted cultural diplomacy as an image building mechanism which eventually worked for the country.
The Vice Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, while speaking at the lecture, commended Prof. Bakare, describing him as one of the leading lights of the university.