Professor Bamidele L.O.






Lawrence Olanrele BAMIDELE,


Academic and Professional Qualifications

B.A,  Ph.D (Ibadan)





Area of Specialisation

Theatre Arts



Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.


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Research Projects/Activities


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Dissertation and Thesis


Publications (see example below)


  1. Bamidele, L. (1992) “Nigerian Drama and Theatre and the Development Film Industry: A Cultural Critique,” in H. Ekwuazi & Y. Nasidi (eds.) Towards a Film Policy for Nigeria, Jos: Nigeria Film Corporation, Pp. 258 – 271.
  2. Bamidele, L.O. (1993) “Training the Amateur Actor,” in Dapo Adelugba (ed.) Essays in Honour of a Nigerian Actor-Dramatist, Ibadan: End-Time Publishing House. Pp. 62-72.
  3. Bamidele, L.O. (1993 “Art and Artlessness in Acting and Role Playing,” in Dapo Adelugba (ed.) Essays in Honour of A Nigerian Actor – Dramatist, Ibadan: End-Time Publishing House. Pp. 73-81.
  4. Bamidele, L. (1993) “Theatre and Ideology in Nigeria: An Alternative View,” in Jide Malomo & saint Gbilekaa (eds.) Theatre and Politics in Nigeria, Ibadan: Caltop Publishers (Nig.) Ltd. Pp. 150- 158.
  5. Bamidele, L. (1996) “Humour as a Jester’s Art in Femi Osofisan’s Who’s Afraid of Solarin,” In Muyiwa P. Awodiya (ed.) Femi Osofisan: Interpretive Essays 1, Lagos: Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization, Lagos, pp. 69-80.
  6. Bamidele, L. (1999) “Television and Culture Change,” in Egbe Ife (Ed.) Coping with Culture, Ibadan: Oputoru Books, pp. 337 – 345.
  7. Bamidele, L.O. (2000) Literature and Sociology,  Ibadan: Stirling – Horden Publishers (Nig.) Ltd. 106pp.
  8. Bamidele, L.O. (2001) Comedy: Essays and Studies, Ibadan: Stirling – Horden Publishers (Nig.) Ltd., 108pp.
  9. Bamidele, L. (2001) “Myth and the Creative Process in Post-independence African Drama”, Lokangaka Losambe & Devi Sarinjeive (eds.) Pre-Colonial and Post-Colonial Drama and Theatre in Africa,  Trenton, NJ.: Africa World Press Inc., pp. 72-80.
  10. Bamidele, L. (2002) “Tekena Tamuno: The Historian as a Poet,” in Egbe Ifie (ed.) Papers in Honour of Tekana N. Tamuno at 70,  Ibadan: Oputoru books, pp. 453 – 464.
  11. Bamidele, L. (2002) “En Route to Utopia: The Vision and Method of Theatre and Media in Democratic Education”, in Ahmed Yerima & Ayo Akinwale (eds.) Theatre and Democracy in Nigeria, Ibadan: Kraft Books Ltd, Chap. 14, pp. 145 – 155.
  12. Bamidele, L. (2003) “Soyinka and Inter-faith Dialogue: A stylistic Analysis of The Credo of Being and Nothingness.” In Onokome Okome (Ed) Ogun’s Children: The Literature and Politics of Wole Soyinka since the Nobel. African World Press, New Jersey. Pp. 303-313.
  13. Bamidele, L. (2003) “Sango Myth and his challenges in Sciences, Arts and Religion.” In Wole Ogundele and Gbemisola Adeoti. (Eds). IBA: Essays on African Literature in Honour of Oyin Ogunba. OAU Press, Ile-Ife. Pp 178 – 186.
  14. Bamidele, L. (2004). “How to build frontline Workers and Students capacities in TFD for Children’s Rights Activities. In Egwugwu JS IIIah and Batilloi Warritay. (Eds). Child Rights Theatre for Development Training Manual. A UNICEF Publication. Abuja, Nigeria. Pp. 69-79. 
  15. Tor Iorapu & L. Bamidele. (2004). “TFD in Children and Women’s Rights Practice: Implications for other Interctive Media.” In Femi Osofisan. (Ed). Communicating Children and Women’s Rights in Nigeria.  A UNICEF Publicaiton. Abuja, Nigeria. Pp 35 – 44.
  16. Bamidele, L. (2007). “Ngugi’s Kamirithu Project: Arts, Politics and Knowledge as Initiatives for Social Theatre.” In Mala Pandurang. (Ed). Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, An Anthology of Recent Criticism. Pencraft International, New Delhi, India. Pp. 213 – 223.
  17. Bamidele, L. (2007). “The Role of Culture in Hospitality and Tourism Industry”. In CA Folorunsho. (Ed). From the Archives of the President. A Publication of Tourism Association of Nigeria. Divine Touch Publications, Ibadan. Pp. 123 – 132.
  18. Bamidele, L. (1985) “Design and Material of Folk and Industrial Art: Aesthetic Implications in Nigeria Contemporary Culture”, Proceedings of the Nigerian Folklore Society,  pp. 457 – 471.
  19. Bamidele, L. (1987) “Drama in Performances and Strategies for Integration in a Multi ethnic Society,” Processings of the Nigerian Folklore Society, pp. 315 – 325.
  20. Bamidele, L. (1990) “The Poet of the Theatre: Osofisan’s Experiment with Form and Technique”, New Literatures Review  (University of Wollongong, Australia) Seminar South, No. 19, pp. 82 – 90.
  21. Bamidele, L. (1992) “Between Revolution and Reform in Drama: Opera Wonyosi and If.. Considered” ALORE. Ilorin Journal of the Humanities  (University of Ilorin) Vol. 8, pp. 145 – 159.
  22. Bamidele, L. (1993) “Behold my Redeemer as a Psychological Play” Ase: Journal of Contemporary Literature, (University of Calabar) Vol. 2, no. 1 pp. 132 – 147.
  23. Bamidele, L. (1994) “Aesthetic Training in Creative Drama: Approach and Principles”, Nigerian Theatre Journal (Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists) Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 15 – 20.
  24. Bamidele, L. (1995) “Islamic Drama: Apology for a Homiletic Model” AL-FIKR, (Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan) No. 16, pp. 31 – 40. Bamidele, L. (1996)  “Tragedy and the Crisis of Integrity in Kurunmi and Ovonranwen Nogbaisi,” EJOLIS: Ekpoma Journal of Languages and Literary Studies (Ambrose Alli University) Vol. 8, pp. 123 – 134.
  25. Bamidele, L. (2000) “The Dramaturgy of Agitprop: A Study of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty,” The Performer: Ilorin Journal of the Performing Arts (University of Ilorin) Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 122 – 130.
  26. Bamidele, L. (2000) “The Challenges of Folklore in the Millennium: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspective,” Isese: Ibadan Journal of Folkore, Vol. 2, nos. 1 & 2, June – Dec. pp. 1-7.
  27. Bamidele, L. (2000) “The Disguise Game of Hollow Men: A Study of a Dramatic Concept in Oriki of a Grasshopper”, CASTALLA: Ibadan Journal of Multicultural/Multidisciplinary Studies Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 147 – 156.
  28. Bamidele, L. (2002) “The Play as Poem: A Reading of J.P. Clark’s The Raft,” CASTALIA: Ibadan Journal of Multicultural/Multidisciplinary Studies. Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 9-16.
  29. Bamidele, L. (April, 2002) “Aesthetics and Language in Bode Osanyin’s Ayitale CASTALIA: Ibadan Journal of Multicultural/Multidisciplinary Studies (Dept. of Classes, University of Ibadan) Vol. 10, No. 2, Pp. 69 – 77.
  30. Bamidele, L. (May, 2002) “Folklore: Definition and Status in the National Development Debate,” Humanity: Jos Journal of General Studies  (University of Jos) Vol. 4 No. 1. Pp. 197 -204.
  31. Bamidele, L. (2003), “Moving between the Showshop and the Workshop: The scope and focus of Theatre Studies in Colleges and Universities.” Theatre Experience: A Journal of Contemporary Theatre Practice. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Vol. 2 No. 1. Pp. 64-70.
  32. Bamidele, L. (2007) “An Individual and his Folklore: An Explication on Soyinka’s Appropriation of Ogun Myth and Symbol.” Ibadan Journal of Theatre Arts  Vol. 1 No. 1 Pp. 18-30.
  33. Bamidele L. (2008) “Samarkand and the labyrinth of Soyinka’s Language and Thought.” Legon Journal of Humanities.  Vol. XIX, Pp. 21 – 38.
  34. Bamidele L. (2008) “Creative Arts, Curriculum and Liberal Education for Contemporary Society. Anyigba Journal of Arts and Humanities. Kogi State University. Vol. 5. pp. 69-84.
  35. Bamidele L. (2008). Television and Culture Change. International Journal of Multi-           Disciplinary Scholarship, Nos 3-5, pp 99-105.
  36. Bamidele L. (2008). The Necessity of Film. International Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship, Nos 3-5, pp 136-132.
  37. Bamidele L. (2009) Grotesque and Mirthless Humour in “Midnight Hotel” and Morning
  38. Yet on judgement Day” African Performance Review. Vol. 3 no 1, pp. 59-73.