NUTAF 2019: AE-FUNAI THEATRE ARTS STUDENTS SHINE AT LAGOS FESTIVAL
The Department of Theatre Arts through the Association of Theatre Arts Students (ATAS), AE-FUNAI chapter sent 23 delegates to Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), 2019, which held at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, between 20th and 26th October, 2019.
NUTAF is an annual festival organized by the Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Students Association (NUTASA) in partnership with other Professional Performing Arts groups in Nigeria, such as SONTA and NANTAP.
The festival serves as a platform for university undergraduates to exhibit their creative talents in an intellectually stimulating environment under the guidance of tested academics and professionals in the Performing Arts in Nigeria. It functions as a bridge between theory and practice, and engenders constructive conversation of ideas between students, practitioners, and scholars in Nigerian universities.
Apart from drama production which was required of every university as a noncompetitive event, AE-FUNAI Theatre Arts delegates participated in a few competitive events like Spoken Words presented by Destiny Igwe, Dance and Traditional Instruments Ensemble where they emerged 2nd and 3rd positions for Dance and Spoken Words respectively. It was on record that AE-FUNAI Theatre Arts Department is the youngest among all the universities that participated in NUTAF whereas they won prizes before old universities.
The climax of AE-FUNAI Theatre Arts students’ victory was the election of Anthony Echefunachukwu Ugwu, a student of AE-FUNAI as the National President of Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Students Association (NUTASA) after a congress of all the universities that held on 23rd October at the National Theatre Exhibition Hall 1. The position therefore earned AE-FUNAI the National Secretariat for the association.
The delegates were organized by the ATAS President, Anthony E. Ugwu, and led by the ATAS Staff Adviser, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, and Mr. Kenneth Amajor, a corps member in Theatre Arts Department.