- This event has passed.
SIYATONGA is a project that speaks of the past, present and future of the rich cultural heritage of our great country Nigeria and Africa at large. Bringing into consciousness that our culture is not archaic but a beauty to behold through dance.
SIYATONGA; which is “Celebrating our culture through dance”, hold it’s ground to bring back our culture into limelight to be appreciated and celebrated despite the present situation in the world to bring smiles on our faces through dance and appreciate its beauty and glamour beyond the face but straight into your hearts for a lasting memory.
The project which is a ‘sign-out’ project for the outgoing student of the school to set a standard in the department for the forthcoming students to emulate as the institution grows stronger. The institution had its trial test as a second semester practical examination by the students of the Department of Performing and Media Arts of Eko College of Management and Technology (Ekocity), situated at 100, Alhaji Onilewura Street off Liasu road, Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos on February 5th, 2021 at 12 noon, where the students pulled it through with high energy and enthusiasm exhibiting the beauty of our culture through dance. The trial test was graced by the Registrar of the institution (Mr. Michael Bamigbola), the Director of Studies (Mr. Solomon Ojo), Psychology lecturer (Mr. Layeni Olakunle), Art history lecturer (Mr. Olayemi Hammed) and many other lecturers and staffs on ground and they gave their word of encouragements after being thrilled and marveled by the wonderful performance of the students. The students are so enthusiastic and look forward to the full execution of the project later in March 2021. The project was written, directed and choreographed by Mr, Ayoola Michael Akinbile (Dance Lecturer) of the institution.
SIYATONGA is a total dance project that led us through the journey from different regions that cut across rivers, forests, mountains, rocks even the soil harbouring every living creatures in Africa. Projecting some dances from Southern, Western and Eastern parts of Africa, with strong focus on some specific dances from over 5000 ethnic groups in Nigeria and its richness is a beauty to behold with colorful display as they are executed in the project with colorful costumes.
In the project, a segment was given to the ladies as a captivating moment in the piece to resound the energetic rhythm from the living skin by playing drums that speaks of Africa to change the mindset of many that drums can only be played by men but in the true sense of it, ladies can be motivated and can even do far better beyond our mindset.
Also, the project took us through the journey of dances from contemporary (abstract), Zulu and Tshwane (South African), Bata (Oyo), Atilogwu (Enugu), and the host of others were excellently executed bringing into the minds of the students the history behind our dances and reorienting ourselves to appreciate our culture more and embrace dance as a means to bring smiles on our faces and strengthen the unity amongst us.
The trial practical examination was a pointer and a motivation towards the comprehensive piece, which is scheduled for March 24th (special performance) strictly for management and invited guests at 12noon, 25th & 26th March, 2021(open) at 2pm at the same location at an affordable rate with more dances filled with so much energy and glamour that will gladden your hearts to appreciate dance and celebrate our rich culture in diversity.