One professor, Albert Oikelome, has become a professor of Musicology and Performance Studies in the Department of Creative Arts (Music) at the University of Nigeria, Lagos.
The appointment comes after Oikelom’s contributions to music in Nigeria. The professor was often considered a musicologist and music icon, his area of expertise is the conceptualization of emerging music genres in Africa.
Until his appointment, he taught in the Music Unit of the Creative Arts Department of the institution as a teacher and graduate student.
Professor Oikelome contributed to ethnographic and musical research on the influence of African musical genres on world music.
The teacher started his career in 1993 as a senior music tutor at CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos and in 1995 moved to Ogunsanya College of Education, Adeniran where he lectured on music for seven years. He joined Unilag in October 2002 as a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts and continued to contribute to the music sector for almost 20 years.
He is a Google Scholar in ethnomusicology, African studies and Nigerian pop music culture, with over 50 publications to his name in national and international peer-reviewed academic journals.
As a music director, Oikelome has worked with the Unilag Mass Choir and contributed greatly to their concerts, being the founder of ‘Africa Sings’, an annual music festival that promotes African music as an art form.
Oikelom also helped develop choir studies at Deeper Life Bible Church, where he served as music director of the Deeper life Youth Choir for 15 years.
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