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Published On: Wed, Jul 29th, 2015

A Festschrift in Honour of Prof G.G. Darah at 70

Prof G.G. Darah

Prof G.G. Darah


LAGOS JULY 29TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Gabriel Godini Darah, Professor of English at Delta State University, former Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian, and eloquent public intellectual will turn 70 on 22 November 2017. To celebrate this significant milestone and Darah’s contributions to intellectual and socio-cultural advancement, colleagues at Delta State University and abroad are planning a festschrift in his honour. Also a pioneer scholar of Udje performance poetry of the Niger Delta, founding president of the Nigeria Oral Literature Association (NOLA), and former Chief of Staff at Delta State Government House, Professor Darah’s eclectic career over the past four decades deserves closer critical attention at this point.
Darah is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, where he also began his teaching career. He later taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as well as Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. He now teaches at Delta State University, Abraka, where he has played a key role in in the internationalization efforts of the Department of English and Literary Studies, his home Department.
Darah’s most beguiling attribute is his versatile and profound insights into a wide range of academic endeavours. This is complemented by his utter commitment to the development of scholarship and culture. His scholarly and journalistic interventions are as penetrating as they can be controversial. Apart from the field of Folklore and Literature, Darah’s abiding multidisciplinary engagements straddle the domains of Culture, Politics, History, Law, Sociology, Media and Communication, Philosophy, and more. But it is in Oral Literature that his specialization has become most notable with, amongst others, the publication of his ground-breaking study of Urhobo poetry, Battles of Songs: Udje Tradition of the Urhobo (2005).
We hereby invite essays within the aforementioned and related disciplines for consideration for inclusion in the festschrift to be published to celebrate Darah’s 70th birthday in 2017.
The well-researched essays may focus on topics related to the wide-range of Darah’s scholarly interests or on Darah’s publications (including his public commentaries in the press). Essays of not more than 15 pages long following MLA format should be submitted to darah70festschrift@gmail.com not later than 30 November 2015.

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