Professor Jeleel Olasunkanmi Ojuade is a Professor of Dance. He is a lecturer, researcher and an expert dancer (with emphasis in Yoruba Bata and Dundun dances). He holds a PhD in Performance Studies (Dance) from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. Other qualifications include LL.B (Hons) Common Law; and was called to the Nigerian Bar. He holds Masters in Business Administration; Masters Law (LL.M) in Common Law. He has been teaching dance and theatrerelated courses in the Performing Arts Department of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, for years.
Proessor Ojuade belongs to a number of National and International Organizations. He was a member (the youngest) of the troupe (The National Theatre of Nigeria)that represented Nigeria at the XII Commonwealth Games and Warana Festival in Brisbane, Australia in 1982 and in a performance tour of the Federal Republic of South Korea in 1983.
He participated in the International Summer School at the Department of Theatre Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany in 2007. He was a guest lecturer at the Massachusset Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA in 2010 and a guest lecturer on the Walter Rodney Lecture series at the Boston University, Boston, MA in 2010. He was also the guest of African and African American Studies Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 2012 where he delivered a lecture on Music and Dance in Africa. He has attended and presented academic papers at Local, National and International conferences where his works have been published with particular emphasis on Yoruba Bata and Dundun.
He is the immediate past President, Association of Dance Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria (ADSPON) and the former Director, Advancement Centre, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Professor Ojuade had his Sabbatical at the Kwara State University Malete, Kwara state, Nigeria; where he was the Director of Advancement Centre and the Head, Performing Arts Department, Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences.
He is a thoroughbred professional who by exposure, training and development, began the art of dancing at barely age of four years old and he can confidently and proficiently wear several caps thatfits naturally in professionalism, management and scholarship. His multi-disciplinary and rich diverse background and exposure put him in multi-tasking positions in the University. He has expertise in Association management, product development (dance art, association and the University), sales and distribution, customer relationships management, integrated marketing communications, training and development, trade/channel development and management as well as key accounts management.
He is a recipient of numerous local, national and international awards.
A sample of Prof. Jeleel’s work can be found at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfgk2pdLeHs