ENUGU- Godfrey Okoye University, GOU, a Catholic University in Enugu, as a way of consolidating learning in arts has been organizing seminars, drama, music and dance concerts.

The university, last week, also brought the President of World Creators’ Society, WCS, Prof. Alain Souloumaic to Enugu to commence intervention on Nigeria’s intellectual property protection, promotion and mediation. WCS is an international body which promotes free creation through standard protocol compromises and licencing facilities. Vice chancellor of the university, Rev. Prof. Christian Anieke said that the Creafree is all about protecting the inventions, innovations and creativity of Nigerians to make sure that what they produce are published and protected.



World Creators’ Society, WCS, Prof. Alain Souloumaic (l), Vice chancellor of the Godfrey Okoye university, Rev. Prof. Christian Anieke and another don at the event

We will continue to fight for the rights of individuals so that they are not stolen. We will look at the challenges of patency in protecting their rights to inventions. We will equally look at how the National Assembly could wade into it,” said Anieke.

The visiting intellectual property protection expert, Prof. Souloumiac said they will train people to manage the creabook where every inventor or artiste’s creation would be hosted. “It’s a refuge where creators can be protected. All dominant music today came from Africa and Africa is the cradle of may culture.

We will meet different artistes in their groups, we can even protect dance even though it’s much more difficult. We will document and we will mediate in conflicts and resolution.

Reviving of old tunes, culture

“We will protect drama, poetry,  creative writing, literature and arts. The Godfrey Okoye University will train the artists,” said Souloumaic. In the project, the university is also partnering with Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC, to revive old tunes, culture and arts which seem to be fading from Nollywood movies. Director General of CBAAC, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe said his agency embraced the Programe in line with Nigeria’s economic diversification to a creative economy, through tourism, protection of artiste works and cultural promotions.

“Creafree will protect the rights of artistes in Nollywood, the musicians and other artists because they have since complained that their works are pirated. We need to reorganize our cultural kingdom so that every other thing will follow. The biggest cultural and historical exhibition all over the world was FESTAC 77 and that’s why we are making its 40 years aniniversary from May to December this year and many countries have indicated interest to come to Nigeria and tour our cultural sites,” said Anikwe. As part of the preparations for celebrating FESTAC’77, CBAAC D-G, Anikwe, has been at the Godfrey Okoye University Enugu, where he performed different functions, among which was a programme titled “Old Path to Revival: Music and Dance”, a partnership between CBAC, and Godfrey Okoye University. According to Anikwe, the essence was to revive the old tunes that were very deeply engrained in the psyche of the people with a lot of messages and core values to present to the Nigerian society. The organizers recommended that musical tunes like that of Celestine Ukwu, some of Osita Osadebey, Mike Ejiagha, Paulson Kalu, Victor Uwaifo, Sunny Ade, Victor Olaiya, Ebenezer Obey, should be translated into children’s rhyme to enable the instructors in the school prepare them to grow in African culture and core values  and also prepare young people to dance very well.

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