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UniAbuja VC tasks youths on self discipline

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has called on youths, especially students, to be hardworking, shun all forms of indiscipline and “to not allowing distractions take over their future”.

Prof. Na’Allah made the call at the First Awards Winners Lecture titled: ‘Informal Art Education, Lessons From The Harmattan Workshop’.

The lecture was organised by the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) in conjunction with UniAbuja.

Prof. Na’Allah said the primary responsibility of the Board is to identify and assess candidates for their merits based on their outstanding contributions to national development in the areas of Science, Medicine, Engineering, including Arts and Culture.

He urged students to focus on their studies and desist from vices such as cultism, examination malpractice, drug abuse, indecent dressing and other unruly behaviour, which he described as destructive.

The Lecture

Delivering a Lecture on Informal Art Education: Lessons From The Harmattan Workshop, Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, a world renowned master print maker, painter, sculptor, poet and pioneer in modern African art said Art education via informal art workshop was important to sustaining the development of the subsector.

Mr. Onobrakpeya said informal workshops touch the grassroots, develop the environment, culture, economic well-being and opportunities for self employment and the development of the society.

Pioneer of modern African art. Bruce Onobrakpeya delivering lecture on “Informal Art Education through workshops: lessons from the Harmattan Workshops by the Nigeria National Merit Award at UniAbuja.

“Informal Art Education is the training that occurs in a relaxed and free atmosphere of instructor-students interaction with no syllable, permanent structure or teaching faculty.Notable examples of informal art institutions in Africa and South of the Sahara include the cyrene mission centre in Zimbabwe and Poly Street Art centre in South Africa,” he said.

Mr. Onobrakpeya said they also create meeting points for people of diverse socio-cultural background where ideas, special knowledge and wealth of unique experiences were exchanged.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu