Nigerians tasked over music education at book launch
By Olayinka Oyebode
Nigerians have been urged to encourage their wards to embrace music education as a way of equipping them intellectually.
Speakers, including the doyen of the Accounting profession in Nigeria, Mr. Akintola Williams (CFR), and the Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Funmilayo Tejuoso, made the call at the presentation of Masterpieces: A critic?s Timeless Report, on Thursday, in Lagos.
The book was written by the Editor, THE PUNCH, Mr. Steve Ayorinde.
The presentation of the 243-page book was part of the activities commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Musical Society of Nigeria.
Williams, who spoke through the former Chairman of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, said that introducing a child to music education would enhance the creativity of such a child.
He lauded the contribution of the author towards the development of music and arts reporting in the country, even as he recommended the book to educational institutions.
Also speaking, Tejuosho, who represented the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, attested to the potency of music education in a child?s intellectual development.
She called for more attention to the teaching of music in schools in order to further enhance the creativity of the younger generation.
Prominent Nigerians who graced the occasion, which held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, included the Chairman of MUSON, Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams, the wife of the former Governor of Cross River State, Mrs. Onari Duke; a former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Dele Alake; the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye and the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ademola Osinubi.
The Governors of Lagos, Delta, Ekiti and Ogun states and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were represented at the event.
Also in attendance were the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mr. Bambo Adewopo; the Director-General, Censors Board, Mr. Emeka Mba; the Special Assistant, Political Matters, to President Umaru Yar?Adua, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi; former Managing Director of The Guardian and The Comet, Mr. Lade Bonunola; Mr. Louis Odion, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, Mrs. Omoshalewa Aderemi and Mr. Tunji Bello.
Speaking at the occasion, Ayorinde said that the book among others, was written to ?celebrate the silver jubilee anniversary of the MUSON, to acknowledge the role of good music performances in a decent society, and to underscore the efforts of corporate organisations in supporting such noble efforts and ideals.?