From WOLE BALOGUN, Ado Ekiti
Prolific Performance Director and Dance Scholar, Professor Rasaki Ojo Bakare, has been admitted into the prestigious body of Fellows of the National Association of Nigeria Theatre and Allied Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).
Prof. Bakare, who is Nigeria’s first professor of Dance and Performance aesthetics, currently serves the nation as Dean of the Post Graduate School, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, (FUOYE), Ekiti State.
With this feat, Bakare has become the first to bag all the three Fellowships available in the field of the Performing Arts in Nigeria as a result of his hard work, scholarship and versatility among others.
The university don had become a fellow of the Guild (Fdgn) in 2013, he later was decorated as a Fellow of the Learned Academic Society (Fsonta) in 2018 and now a Fellow of the Industry in 2019. No other Scholar or Practitioner has ever succeeded in getting all the three Fellowships
According to NANTAP’ s letter notifying and congratulating Bakare on his admission into its Fellowship, the erudite Professor will be formally decorated with the Fta at a world class ceremony holding in Lagos in August 2019.
Describing him as a restless and highly creative Scholar and artiste, NANTAP said it believes Bakare’s uncommon achievement, will encourage more Artiste-Scholars to work harder.