INITIATION PROCESS FOR FRESH STUDENTS IS JUST MAKE BELIEF
The Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor Rasaki Ojo Bakare, has lifted the veil on the initiation ceremony normally held to induct freshmen into the department of Theatre Arts globally. Speaking at this year's initiation of 100 level students of Theatre Arts held at the Main Auditorium of FUOYE on March 6, 2015, Prof Bakare, who also doubles as HOD Theatre and Media Arts, described the process as “mere make belief”. He said it's a replica of what they do as dramatists. He
congratulated the new students and charged them to make the most of the opportunity they have as students of Theatre and Media Arts, charging them to be the best as the calibre of staff present in the
University is the best compared to what obtains in other universities offering similar course in Nigeria. He pointed out that the initiation process is a global tradition not only in the department but also in other disciplines. However, FUOYE has adopted the word ‘induction’ as against the usual word ‘initiation’ which carries a negative connotation, because the university is new and as such a good image should be projected at all times.
The two-hour ceremony had in attendance some academic staff of the department such as Mrs. Lilian Bakare, Messrs Christopher Unegbu, Bassey Asuquo and Uzodimma Umenyilorah. Also in attendance were Nollywood movie star, Saheed Balogun, popularly known as Walata and Princess Lawal Yeside-Dosunmu a guest lecturer and artist from Lagos State University. The duo of Saheed Balogun and Princess Lawal Dosunmu conducted the induction process by reading the initiation creed to inductees and also wished them a fulfilling academic life and career afterwards. The event also featured a playlet titled Honesty written by Femi Ogundiyi, a final year student of Theatre and Media Arts, who also doubled as the director of productions for the performance. It was dancing and jubilations galore thereafter.