Before Change, We Need Restoration – Prof. Gbemisola AdeotiThe Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Gbemisola Adeoti has said the much talked about change been pervaded by Nigerians need to be preceded by restoration.
During the OAU Christmas Concert organized by the Department of Music which held at Oduduwa Hall of the University yesterday, the Dean appreciated the music department and also emphasized the importance and influence of artistes and music in human lives.
“Whether as performing art or creative art, people see that we are the salt of the earth as said in the bible. We artistes are usually the salt of the world. We are people that put melody into your life as they have done tonight. I want to commend the effort of the Head of Department and our colleagues; members of staff and the students of the department.” He said.
Adeoti further noted that change cannot be experienced without restoration as the Department of Music is championing that course.
“We are talking of Change but I think before we get to that change, we need restoration and that is what the music department is doing because Concert is a tradition that the department uses to organize in the past, whether at Christmas or any other season, we usually have one performance or the other coming from the department, an exhilarating performance!” Adeoti remarked.
The Carol which was titled ‘A King is Born’ is the first during the Prof. Bamitale Omole-led Vice Chancellorship was a very colourful one with brilliant performances from the students and staff of the music department. The concert was however not heavily attended as expected owning to the mid-semester break which the institution is currently observing. Personalities present in the Concert include Prof. Vidal, the Oluaye of Music and former Dean, Faculty of Arts, OAU. The University Publuc Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju and his wife and other distinguished staff members were also present.
The Head of Department, Professor Femi Adedeji in his closing remarks appreciated everyone including the Vice Chancellor in absential for making it to this year’s carol and hopes to sustain the feat in this year’s concert.