The monthly colloquium – Leadership without Title – by the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), founded by Prof. Pat Utomi recently honoured veteran actress, Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, who clocked 74 in February, 2015. The event was captioned: Music, Culture and National Image: New Ways of Projecting Power.
The colloquium featured Jahman Anikulapo, Joke Silva, Ben Tomoloju and Reginald Ofodile and was moderated by Utomi. Anikulapo told the audience that there are many documents on the shelves of different ministries and agencies, whose recommendations the art community should go back and study rather than setting up new commissions to do what has already been done. In her own contribution, Joke Silva emphasized the need for more robust collaborations in the creative industry.
Ben Tomoloju reminded the audience that in colonial Nigeria and shortly after independence, art was rightfully employed as an instrument of protest by Ogunde and artistes of his generation; who were disregarded and even confronted by the colonial powers and the first republic politicians. Reginald Ofodile decried the times in which we live where engagement in activities that do not bring immediate gain is termed foolish and misguided.
Whilst thanking everyone who made out time to honour her, Ajai-Lycett declared that her late husband, Thomas Lycett, has been vindicated because he was the one who encouraged her to come home when she was working as an artiste in England and receiving accolades there. According to her, the late Mr. Lycett told her that the best honour will be the one her people bestow on her and so given all the tributes she has received, Thomas, who relocated with her to Nigeria, has been vindicated.
She called on artistes and entertainers to take themselves seriously rather than allowing themselves to pushed to the periphery. She also told her listeners not to fear anything by giving themselves to others.
Here are some pictures from the event: