“Taro is an Exhibition of Unity in Diversity”- Unijos Theatre Arts Finalist

A group of finalists from the department of Theatre and Film Arts, University of Jos, identified as Patrick Pius Enna, John Vianney Inyanda, Paul Cheto, David Mafeng Toho, Gideon Yusuf Chongtami, Daniang Noel Anshi, Paul Augustine Ochepo organised a cultural display tagged ‘Taro: the gathering’ as part of their final year project.
The event which held at the Open Air Theatre University of Jos Main Campus at 12pm on the 8th November 2019 witnessed the presence of lecturers of the department in persons of Mr. Victor Anyawu, Mr. Lucky Fadam, Dr. Hussaini Tsaku the supervisor of the project, other lecturers of the department as well as students of the University.
The project which was produced by Frank Emman Idoko was an exhibition of music and dance performance by the Araguta dance troupe, the Trumpodi, Irigwe dance troupe, Idoma dance troupe, Tiv dance troupe, the Dajan dance and the Ensemble.
In an interview section with one of the project organiser John Vianney Inyanda, he told news persons that the program was the coming together of different groups on the Plateau to foster unity. He also said that the project was the idea of the team leader Patrick Pius Enna to produce one of its kind in the department where professionals come to perform. He thanked God Almighty for the success of the event and the sponsors for their efforts and contribution.
Speaking to a student from the department of History and International Studies Maryam Suleiman, she said the program was a lot more than she expected and was excited to see both young and old showcasing the culture on the Plateau.

Speaking at the event, Mr Lucky Fadam thanked all those present for spicing up the day and commended the effort of the project supervisor, in his words “when the right supervisor is had what occurs is purposeful learning.” He also commended those who participated for their contribution and urged all students never to forget their cultural heritage. Also speaking, the organisers thanked those who made out time to show support towards the success of their project and urged guests to find time to attend other packages from the department.

Taro is a TFA 402 project of some students of the department of Theatre and Film Arts in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelor’s of Arts BA (Hons) Degree 2019.
Most students were seen colourfully dressed in their native attires representing the diverse tribes on the Plateau and side attractions included a bazaar of traditional dishes which included gwote, abacha, pork, dog meat, palm wine and guests were served popcorn in fulfilment of the ticket purchase offer.
Report and photos by MOSES Christiana Nwobodo
Edited by JM (3/5)

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