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- ItemOpen AccessLaipairama: the anatomy of Lapai (envisioning Laipai in the next 100years)(Promocomms Limited, 2021) Timothy Asobele, S.J.The ook Lapairama is a child of historical antecedents. It is written like The Anatomy ofKabba: (Envisioning Kabba kingdom in the next 100 years). My readers will wonder what significance has Lapairama with Kabba kingdom for example. Historians of Nupe empire and Kabba kingdom will instruct readers of the role of Masaba and Etsu Maliki in the building or contribution of the duo in the social and political organizations ofKabba kingdom in the 19th Century, during the reign .of His Royal Majesty ObaroAjibohokun Gbaiyero from 1870-1923. This is to say there was a Suzeraincy or call it overlordship in the relationship between Kabba court and Bidacourt in the 19th century. Some loan words such as Shaba, the deputy to the Obaro or Obaro in waiting is a Nupe word used in the Obaro court in the 19th century and even princesses and princes bear such names as Adisetu, Aliyu. The grandmother of this writer was called Adisetufor example. What is more, the grandfather of this writer's wife is called Abubakar Ejibunu and he was the chiefImman ofKabba mosque (Mosalasi). He worked for Lord Lugard in the West African Constabulary and he was a polyglot who served Lord Lugard as his interpreter because he was fluent in Nupe, Hausa, English and Kabba Languages.
- ItemOpen AccessNigerian dances and theatre: National II(Latderaj Printing, 2021) Timothy Asobele, S.J.It must be said right from the onset that dance and music are 11111 insically related, one to the other. This is because dance and music use 11Il: medium of poetry to touch the soul of both the performer and the Aiudience. This is to say that music is poetry and dance uses poetic lnnguage. Those who are versed in the language of traditional dance and music can therefore relate positively and react to drum in dance. Rhythm I therefore central to delight of both dance and music. There are also dances in African culture that only the initiates can decode or ornmunicate. The Ekpe secret cult dance movements of the Ibibios, Efik md Bende Ibos of lmo State are shrouded in cryptic rhythmic sign movement that only members can interpret. The Igwi dance ofthe Binisato belongs to this genre, it is a poetic movement executed by dancer subjects to pledge their loyalty to the Oba of Benin. The swaying of the dance sword, left, right,up and down are loaded with cultural messages. Like when the sword goes down this means irrevocable death penalty. Music atirnes dictates the movements of dances and meanings that are culturally relevant to a trade group. For the rhythm of Kalangu Hausa music, which is the instrument of predilection for butcher; Rawan Maharba for hunters and Rawan Kidi for social. The last type of music is very rampant in the Tundun Wada and the city districts of Hausaland. Bashful Hausa spinsters pay the drummer in most cases and dictate the tune to which they want to dance through poetic rhythm. The drummers can heighten her moral by playing rhythmic oriki or praisename of the dancer. These rhythmic body movements are a ploy to use their bodies to seduce prospective lovers or satirize those that have gone out offavour.
- ItemOpen AccessCultural quiz for Niger State Pupils and students(Promocomms Limited, 2021) Timothy Asobele, S.J.I t 11 try to understand our differences so as to live in peace it/. one another. Sir Ahmadu Bello (1909-1966). Imu t from the on set give a rounding Merci beaucoup, thank you sir, to our Amiable Vice - Chancellor, Prof A.K. Adamu, who has granted me an opening in the department of Fench of our prestigious University: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU) Lapai, since January zo" 2020. This is so b cause, the history of Kogi State, old Kabba Province to which I belong, in general and Kabba Kingdom and Nupe Empire is so intimately link, both in substance, governance, language and cultural borrowing. I must say I am welcome home, because the Bawa Salka, the Jeremiah Gana, Garuba Kuta and many more upe pupils were my school mates at Kabba Provincial secondary school Okene in the 1%Os.
- ItemOpen AccessContemporary Nigerian Arts & Artists : a modern guide(Upper Standard Publications, 1999) Timothy Asobele, S.J.Fine and Applied Art after literature forms a lasting mental picture in the minds of all decernining men. The role played by painters, cartoonists, sculptors in the cultural life of France can best be illustrated by the surprise cultural immersion test the French foisted on some Nigerian students on compulsory year abroad at the universite de Dakar in September 1972. They expected us, Nigerians to have an encylopaedic knowledge of French writers, painters, sculptors, musicians etc from the Middle Ages to the 'year 2000. This is why this work devoted to Nigerian Fine and Applied artists is an academic imperative for our Nigerian art lovers and artisits.
- ItemOpen AccessCount down in yoruba literature for JSSCE students(Upper Standard Publications, 2007) Timothy Asobele, S.J.These titles were written by French Professors to teach English in French language. I wondered aloud why teach English in French? Is it to save money that would have been spent in paying Professors from Oxford and Cambridge Universities salaries and to put paid to the English new found relevance as a world language over and above French language often tagged the language of diplomacy? After a deep meditation, I discovered that there is sense in the Pari. Academy's authority's decision. After all, all the cultural references that the beginners and scholars in English language will need will be easily assimilatable if taught with the mind of French. Linguistic ambiguities will be explained in clear French Lan U