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Students of Special College of Education, Oyo (SPED) walks in procession around the school environment. Febuary 11, 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Students of Special College of Education, Oyo (SPED) walks in procession around the school environment. Febuary 11, 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Students of Ajayi Crowther university during their initiation process, main activity of the induction program. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Students of Ajayi Crowther university during their initiation process, main activity of the induction program. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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An ongoing music and dance performances. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
An ongoing music and dance performances. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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PFA students of University of Ilorin getting ready for their music and dance performance, which is part of the induction program activities. July 29 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
PFA students of University of Ilorin getting ready for their music and dance performance, which is part of the induction program activities. July 29 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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Student takes honey to clear his voice before his drama performance. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Student takes honey to clear his voice before his drama performance. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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Students of Unilorin in transition for the initiation. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Students of Unilorin in transition for the initiation. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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Students of Unilorin during their initiation process. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria
Students of Unilorin during their initiation process. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria
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Female students of SPED dressing up for the induction program in their lecture room. Febuary 11, 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Female students of SPED dressing up for the induction program in their lecture room. Febuary 11, 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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An ongoing music and dance performance. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria
An ongoing music and dance performance. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria
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Male students dressed in their Yoruba traditional costume for the induction. April 1 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Male students dressed in their Yoruba traditional costume for the induction. April 1 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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Students of Unilorin during their music and dance performance. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Students of Unilorin during their music and dance performance. July 30 2021, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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An ongoing induction performance. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.
An ongoing induction performance. May 28 2021, Oyo State, Nigeria.


Rooted in the belief that theatre is a typification of life, this induction process is meant to reawaken and promote cultural consciousness in African students. The process requires students from various cultures who are admitted into the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin to dress in full traditional regalia, perform dance, drama and recite chants. Acts that showcase their culture to the University community and the general public.


Documenting this ritual is a way of preserving, amplifying and reminding young people of what our culture is doing. For example, Yoruba culture is practiced in a Yoruba environment, Hausa culture in a Hausa environment, etc. I've documented a few universities in the South-west showing Obatala, ‘Arc God’. In a Yoruba area, white attire is worn in for any important cultural activity. Culturally, white symbolizes purity, innocence, peace among others. The students’ faces are also dotted in whites. Students walk and sing round the school to publicize the appearance and entertain students in the school. It was assured that these activities aren’t spiritually connected but just an imitation of life in an artistic way. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, participation in this induction is compulsory before a student is called a Thespian.


In Africa, people outside theatre assume it’s a spiritual initiation process, this story hasn’t been documented properly by anyone in Nigeria. Doing this project will help educate the public about this myth, hence more talents can join the theatre industry as a whole. I'm so enthusiastic about this story as a student, also as an individual who's interested in learning about other people's culture. I have a great connection with students because I’m also a student. Photographing topics that interest me is one of the amazing ways I learn even more about life. I got to know about this interesting activity from my younger sister who is a Performing Arts student.


Students are united by where they are from and learn from other people's culture in the induction. This project is an ongoing series examining educational stereotypes connecting to culture in a diverse environment in focus to theatre arts.

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