By Anthony Arugba
National leadership, Association of Nigerian Musicologist, ANIM, have elected Prof. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo of the Delta State University ( DELSU), Abraka, as the National President to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years.
Others are Vic-President, Dr. Femi Abiodun (OAU, Ife); Secretary, Dr. Nnamdi Onuora-Oguno ( UNIZIK, Awka); Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Omolabake Dada (Ibadan, Polytechnic); Editor, Prof. Onyee Nwankpa (UNIPORT); Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ikenna Onwuegbuna ( UNN).
Also, Treasurer, Dr. Grace Ekong (UNI-UYO); Financial Secretary, Dr. John Aewole (UNILAG); Welfare, Dr. Maureen Uche ( COE, Agbor) and Auditor, Dr. Festus Olisaeke ( FCE, Pankshi).
Speaking shortly after the election, the president-elect, Prof. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo, thanked the association for giving him and his executive the opportunity to serve, assuring that they would live up to the confidence reposed on him by the association.
Asked about his plans for the association, he said : ” As the new president, my plans include to complete the projects handed over to me by my predecessor such as establishing an Academy of Music/Conservatory to conduct professional music examination in Nigeria in order to increase the standard of music studies and professionalism.
” I also plan to expand the music industry in the country by creating special recording studios and Television channels that will focus on traditional, classical and art music production and broadcast, to strike a balance with pop music platforms.
” Again, I will ensure that Nigeria is represented at world music events, festivals and competitions like the World Music Olympics, where Nigeria has never been represented. My executive will take proposals to relevant government bodies/agencies, National Assembly, universities and polytechnics to establish the Academy and Departments of Music Technology.”
Idamoyibo noted that such machineries, when put in place, would not only prepare Nigerian youths to become music instruments and makers, but will provide the platform for traditional, classical/art and popular music studies that would focus on Nigerian ethics to reduce the portrayal of female nudity and other deviant behaviours among pop musicians.