IBADAN – Prof. Philip Ogundeji of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, on Friday urged the Federal Government to help sustain the nation’s cultural heritage.
Ogundeji, a professor of Yoruba literature, made the call in his inaugural lecture at the University of Ibadan, Trenchard Hall with the theme: “Yoruba Drama In Time Perspective’’.
He expressed regrets that no arm of government had shown enough interest in the aspect of the nation’s cultural history.
“The entertainment industry in general and drama in particular have unquantifiable potentialities for lateral and vertical cultural transmission.
“On the side of the government, there is need for governments at all level to assist our dramatists with a view to enhancing their status as worthy cultural ambassador,’’ he said.
He also called on universities to assist the actors with special programmes that could be of benefit and to improve their skills.
“Such programmes may include relevant consultancy projects and training programmes, preferable short-time and holiday training programmes.
“I am in effect suggesting that all relevant departments in the Faculties of Arts, Social Science and Technology should look into this matter inter-disciplinarily.
“This is an area in which the town is crying for the help of the gown,’’ he said. (NAN)