Nige­rian Folk­lore So­ci­ety holds con­fer­ence and congress in Kano

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - MID WEEK ARTS - By Wale Okedi­ran

Nige­ria Folk­lore So­ci­ety, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cen­tre for Re­search in Nige­rian Lan­guages and Folk­lore, Bayero Univer­sity, Kano, is set to hold its fourth yearly con­fer­ence and 13th congress at Musa Ab­dul­lahi Au­di­to­rium at Bayero Univer­sity, Kano, Kano State. The event, which will run for three days, will open on April 29 through May 2, 2018. The theme for this year’s con­fer­ence is ‘Folk­lore and Folk­life in Nige­ria: Prospects and Chal­lenges in 21st cen­tury.’

A state­ment from the pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Folk­lore So­ci­ety and au­thor of many books on folk­lore, cul­ture, his­tory and devel­op­ment eco­nomics, Dr. Bukar Us­man stated, “The re­vival process for the Nige­rian Folk­lore So­ci­ety is to all in­tents com­plete now and it is there­fore worth­while to re­visit oral poetry prac­tice in Nige­ria be­ing the very mat­ter which gave birth to the NFS in Zaria in 1981.The Zaria con­fer­ence pro­duced the first and most au­thor­i­ta­tive book [now out of print] Oralpo­et­ryin Nige­ria [1982), edited by Ucheg­bu­lam et al, and pub­lished by the Fed­eral De­part­ment of Cul­ture. It’s about time now to host a ma­jor con­fer­ence on this im­por­tant sub­ject and is­sue a solid book from a se­lec­tion of the pa­pers to be pre­sented, which are also to be con­sid­ered for pub­li­ca­tion in the re­vived Jour­nal of nige­rian Folk­lore. We are de­lighted to in­vite all in­ter­ested schol­ars and re­searchers to pre­pare thor­oughly-re­searched and well-writ­ten pa­pers on any of the sub-themes de­tailed be­low.”

The sub-themes are ‘Field­work in Nige­rian Folk­lore,’ ‘Folk­lore and Glob­al­iza­tion,’ ‘Uses and Func­tions of Folk­lore,’ ‘Gen­der Is­sues in Folk­lore,’ ‘Gen­res of Folk­lore,’ ‘Folk­tales,’ ‘Folk­songs/oral Poetry,’ ‘Proverbs,’ ‘Rid­dles,’ ‘Jokes, Anec­dotes and Tonguetwisters, etc.,’ ‘ Theatre Arts, Film and Drama,’ and ‘Folk­lore and Tra­di­tional Medicine.’ Others in­clude ‘Folk­lore and Lan­guage,’ ‘ Games, Fes­ti­vals and Cer­e­monies,’ ‘Folk­lore and Na­tion­al­ism,’ ‘His­tory and Folk­lore,’ ‘ Folk­lore and the Econ­omy,’ and ‘Folk­lore and Tourism.’

Key­note speaker for the con­fer­ence is the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion, Pro­fes­sor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed. Other lead pa­per pre- sen­ters in­clude Prof. An­gela Miri, Prof. Abdu Yahya Bichi, Prof. Se­gun Adekoya, Prof. Aliyu Muhammed Bunza, Prof. Sani Abba Aliyu, Prof. Sa’idu Babura Ah­mad, Prof. Nkem Okoh and Prof. Muhammed Inuwa Umar Bu­ratai.

Chair­man of the oc­ca­sion is Nige­rian Am­bas­sador to Egypt and Ere­tria, Prof. Dun­datti Ab­dulka­dir. Host for the event is pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety, Us­man, while the ViceChan­cel­lor of Bayero Univer­sity, Prof. Muhammed Yahuza Bello, is chief host.

The so­ci­ety has called on lit­er­ary lovers to par­tic­i­pate fully by send­ing a 300-word ab­stract with their name, in­sti­tu­tional af­fil­i­a­tion, phone num­ber and e-mail ad­dress to the so­ci­ety at nige­ri­an­folk­lore­so­ci­ Dead­line for the reg­is­tra­tion and sub­mis­sion of ab­stract is March 31, 2018.


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