Nigeria: Ayakoroma bags Calabar varsity’s Goodwill Ambassador Award

Posted: June 7, 2012 in arts/culture

Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has been nominated for the Goodwill Ambassador Award of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) by the Governing Board of the University.

According to a release by Mr. Caleb Nor Corporate Affairs of NICO, this nomination of Ayakoroma was contained in a letter dated May, 16, 2012, and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council, Dr. (Mrs.) Julia D. Omang.

The Governing Council, in the letter, noted that Dr. Ayakoroma’s nomination was informed by the admiration and appreciation of his commitment to the advancement of education in Nigeria generally and the University of Calabar in particular.

In his letter of acceptance, the NICO Boss, an alumnus of the University, expressed profound gratitude to the University authorities for the great honour and recognition accorded him, noting that he was not only elated by the development, but also deeply inspired by the kind gesture to do much more for the promotion of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and educational advancement, especially in the University of Calabar.

The formal inauguration of the award is scheduled to hold this Friday, June 8, , at the University of Calabar Council Chambers, to be preceded by a guided tour of the university.

Ayakoroma attended L.A. School and St. Enda’s College (now Agbarho Grammar School) all in Agbarho, Delta State. He read Theatre Arts at the University of Calabar, in Cross River State, graduating with a second class honours (upper) division. This was followed with a Master’s degree from the University of Ibadan, and a doctorate degree from the University of Port Harcourt, also in Theatre Arts. His area of specialisation is Directing/Film Studies.

Ayakoroma had a stint at Prof. J. P. Clark-Bekederemo’s PEC Repertory Theatre, Lagos in 1985 before moving over to the Rivers State Television (RSTV Channel 22 UHF) Port Harcourt, Rivers State (1986-1992), where he held various positions such as Operations Supervisor, Head of Programmes, and Head of News and Current Affairs. He has written, acted in, and directed many plays on stage and television.

He is the author of Dance on his Grave, A Matter of Honour, A Chance to Survive & other plays, Castles in the Air, Once Upon a Dream, and A Scar for Life. His other works include, Strangers in the Land, The Chief Engineer, A Night Out, One Wife Two Husbands, and The Odi Saga. His screenplays include, Master in the House, Castles in the Air, Hidden Agenda, No Hiding Place, Ikemefuna, and From Grace to Grass.

Ayakoroma, until recently, a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a Consultant with the Living Earth Nigeria Foundation (LENF) where he pioneered the Bayelsa Community Theatre Programme. His collaboration with Arikpo Arikpo formerly of LENF produced three collections of plays: All for a Canoe & other plays, The Golden Goose & other plays and Our Forest, Our Future & other plays.

Ayakoroma also collaborated with Arikpo Arikpo and Dr. Emma Emasealu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Port Harcourt to handle the MPP3 Enlightenment Campaign through drama, under the consultancy of LENF. The play, Once Upon a Letter, which the trio scripted has been performed in many communities in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States. He directed the production in the Bayelsa State programme, as the Consultant for LENF. Two of his plays, A Matter of Honour and Dance on his Grave are recommended texts in Bayelsa State Junior Secondary School syllabus.

He was appointed the Executive Director of the Bayelsa State Council for Arts & Culture in August 2000, and contributed immensely to the development of the State Arts Council as its chief executive.

Dr. Ayakoroma is a member of many professional bodies, which include the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA), Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria (ICA), and Association of Master Toasters. One of his plays, The Rejected Ones, in A Chance to Survive & other plays, took the second prize in the 2003 edition of the ANA organized NDDC/J.P. Clark Prize for Drama.

He was appointed the Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Abuja, on November 3, 2009, and is member of the Governing Board, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

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