The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has partnered with the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State to establish a music institute in the university.
The motive for the establishment was to promote and modernize African traditional music and dance and also to further enhance its marketability and global appeal.
Cultural Ambassador for UNESCO, Dr Ino Mirkovic, who was present at the university to facilitate the take-off of the proposed institute on the AAUA campus, met with the institution’s management staff on the project.
Mirkovic explained that his mission in the school was to help set up a department or an institute for music and dance and also to use his global experiences and contacts to drive the project.
”I am invited here to help establish a Department for Arts or Music and Performing Arts. For me, this is going to be very challenging because Nigeria has a tradition in music and dance. I also think it will be challenging to bring the knowledge and the experience of western and eastern cultures and to upgrade the local culture here to have a new mixture which has never happened before.” He said.
Mirkovic, who pointed out that music started from Africa before moving to Europe, promised to bring his expertise to the project and to organize a students staff exchange programme between AAUA and other global institutions running courses in music and dance.
In his remarks, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the AAUA, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, said universities were institutions meant to bring the world to its immediate community and also blaze the trail in innovation and uniqueness.
He added that the project was born out of the vision and commitment to raise Ajasin university to international heights and help build a university which graduates would be competitive globally. He noted that Dr. Mirkovic would work as a consultant in setting up an institute of music and dance.