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PROJECTING A STATE IMAGE THROUGH THE THEATRE: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE RIVERS STATE COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE




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PROJECTING A STATE IMAGE THROUGH THE THEATRE: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE RIVERS STATE COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE























ABSTRACT
The image of any state seems to depend on her public relations with others or foreign countries. The electronic media and the newspapers have been for decades the main contributors in this regard. This project highlights the theatrical activities of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture as vital panacea for the enhancement of the image of Rivers State. Divided in five chapters, chapter one is the introduction which deals with the background of study, purpose of study, scope and limitations of the study, justification of study and research methodology, definition of terms. Chapter two is concerned with the review of related literatures. Chapter three shall treat the historical development of Rivers State religion sociopolitical life, occupation and other economic activities; of the people it shall also treat the origin of Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture. In chapter four we shall discuss the performance and theatrical activities, the problems and prospects of the council and the image making theatre of Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture. In chapter five we would be summarizing and concluding all that we have discussed and treat recommendations and finally the bibliography.



















TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       i
Certification     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       ii
Dedication       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       iii
Acknowledgement    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       iv
Abstract   -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       vi
Table of Contents     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       vii

CHAPTER ONE:      BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
1.1      Introduction
1.2      Purpose of the Study
1.3      Scope Limitation of the Study
1.4      Justification of Study
1.5      Research Methodology
1.6      Definition of Terms

CHAPTER TWO:     
2.1   Literature Review

CHAPTER THREE
3.1   Historical Development of Rivers State
3.2   Religious and Socio-Political Lives
3.3   Occupation and Economic Activities
3.4   Origin of the State Council for Arts and Culture
3.5   Organizational Structure

CHAPTER FOUR
4.1   Performances and Theatrical Activities of Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture
4.2   Problems and Prospects of the Council
4.3   Image Making Theatre and Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture

CHAPTER FIVE
5.1   Summary
5.2   Recommendation
5.3   Conclusion
        Bibliography





CHAPTER ONE
1.1      INTRODUCTION
The Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture has so far distinguished itself as one of the best Arts Councils in Nigeria Through participation in various art festivals nationally and internationally. In the 90’s the arts council troupe represented Nigeria in an international festival held in Germany. The troupe has also participated in various competitive art events and worn prizes. It is for this reason that the author is attracted to the image making qualities of the Arts Council. The focus of this work is to discuss extensively the contributions of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture in the image making of Rivers State through the theatre. Emphasis shall be placed on the general way of life of the Rivers man, His religious – socio – political life, his occupations and economic activities and his historical development. The essence of this is to provide adequate information about the pattern of life of the Rivers man.
We shall therefore, discuss the roles under taken by the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture in illuminating the general image of the state through drama, and other related artistic exhibitions.
1.2      PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
Studies have shown that most producers and consumers of dramatic product are ignorant of certain important roles of drama and theatre to the society. Their general points of emphasis have always been laid on the splendors of entertainment they derive from such performances. Unfortunately, this is only one among some very important roles drama plays in the society.
This study therefore will enlighten the society on the immeasurable roles of drama in projecting the image of an individual in particular and the larger society in general. This study is also aimed at most only contributing of my quota to scholarship but at the end of it therefore, it shall be increasing any horizon to the world of the Rivers people its council for arts and culture and the significance of drama to image making.

1.3      SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
Due to the broad nature of research topic such as ours, and difficulty in getting the personnel’s of the council all aspect of the council, for the purpose of the project work therefore, we have carefully limited our scope of study to drama and theatre. The researcher has considered its necessity to provide background information of the Rivers people. Their origin and general ways of life and their occupations and economic activities, the researcher has also deemed it fit to provide detailed information of the state council for arts and culture. Here, we shall be focusing on its establishment, the chart and structure of personal in the Arts Council, its performances and other theatrical activities and the general problems and prospects affecting the Arts Council.
Having discussed the subjects here above mentioned min isolation. The researcher will here after merge them together by extensively discussing the role of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture in projecting the image of the Rivers people.
The major problem encountered while embarking on this project was insufficient research materials in our libraries. The relevant materials needed for the work were scarce in the libraries and as such posed a big problem to the development of this work.
Another problem I encountered in this work was that of finance getting all it takes to put a research work of this magnitude together was really capital intensive. Because of the limited resources available to me, the smooth running of the work was affected at different intervals.
Booking and keeping interviewing appointment with some concerned staff of the council for arts and culture posed another major problem for the researcher. Most of these staff was not always available to book appointments with and most often booked appointments were broken as a result of their official engagements by these staff. Despite these difficulties, the researcher tried the best she could to overcome, knowing that this is a task that will be completed.



1.4      JUSTIFICATION OF STUDY
In this age, time and era of our society when print and other electronic media such as internet, satellite cables and even the popular home movie industries have mover taken the mass communication industry. Theatrical traditions are drastically fading away into oblivion. The documentation of the study therefore is important for the sake of posterity. Thus, this research shall provide all the necessary information to ensure that our theatrical traditions and all they stand for do just fade away to the challenges of time.
Apart from throwing more light on the general knowledge about the theatre and image making, it would on more particular basis be exposing the rivers people and her council for arts and culture especially to the outside world. It is our believe that at the end of this research it would not only open up my horizon to the world of the theatre which we always considered paramount but we would have media a positive impact scholarship. The project will serve as research material to students and researchers.

1.5      RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
In solving academic problems of this magnitude, research is always a vital necessity. For the completion of his work, therefore, the researcher has adopted the following methods of research primary sources and secondary sources.
The primary sources are as follows
ORAL INTERVIEWS
        Owing to limited documentations min certain spheres of this study the researcher’s resorted to oral interviews. Most of the researched on through this medium included the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture. Here, different categories of staff ranging from top management staff to the performing staff were interviewed and their responses provided as with some necessary information needed in completing this research.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES/PARTICIPATION
        As an undergraduate student of theatre arts, the researcher has been privilege to be thought in details about the theatre, which now is our subject of discourse. Personal experience derived from this medium, especially at different levels of my undergraduate career contributed so much to the development of this work.
        As on who has spent a reasonable period of time studying in Rivers State, which we are research upon. The researcher has always had personal relationship with the Rivers people and has learnt so much about their rich cultural heritage, religious social economic life alongside their general styles of life.
        As a lover of performance, I have also drawn my experience by watching different performances performed at the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, were we are case Studying. Some of the performance done here were indigenous in nature and they include ISIBURU – ARUN GUNGU Festival and other dance drama peculiar to the Rivers people. Experiences drawn from these areas above mentioned helped to spice up the beauty of this work.
Under the secondary source we have the following:
DATA COLLECTION FROM THE LIBRARY
The bulky of this work is researched from this source as the researcher visited different libraries within and outside the state.
INTERNET BROWSING
Most of the information needed for completing this work was sourced from the internet. Here I was privileged to get important contributions of many writers whose works wee scare in our libraries.
1.6      DEFINITION OF TERMS
The thrust of this session is to give a detailed interpretation of source key words which form the basis of our discussion.
PROJECTING
“This word as derived from the verb “project” is defined thus by Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (Pg. 877) to express or represent (one or one’s nature, qualities feeling, beliefs etc.) out worldly especially, in a way that has favorable effect on other”
In this context, project means an act of bringing certain qualities to lime light.



IMAGE
According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Pg. 592) defines:
“Image” as the image (c) a general impression that a person, an organization, a product etc. Gives to the public, a reputation: a new/youthful image, how can we improve our (public) image? 2 (c) a mental picture or idea: an image of refuge queuing for food. I have this image of you as always being cheerful. 3 (a) (sing) a close copy of sb/5th, she looks the image of her mother (b) a copy of the shape of a person or thing. Especially one made in stove or wood; a status: curved images 4 (c) the appearance of sborsth when seen in a mirror – image 5 (c) an imaginative description or comparison that produces a picture in the mind of the person reading or listening a poem full of startling images (dm) the very/living/splitting image (of sb) a very close copy of sb: He’s the splitting image of prince Charles
From the above definition, one can adult that “image” in our case studying is the impression that a person, organization and product gives to the society or public



THEATRE
According to the Encyclopedia American (Vol. 14:290);
“The world, “Theatre” was first used to refer to architectural structure built to house dramatic offerings.
Here, Theatre is restricted only to a building and does not embrace the art of performance and other related arts. In this direction therefore, we shall define theatre as the embracing art of presentation that includes: the enactment of mimetic action.
CULTURE
According to an anonymous pamphlet titled cultural policy for Nigeria (1988:5) defined the word “culture” is defined as:
“Culture” is the totality of the way of life evolved by a people in their attempts to meet the challenge of living in their environment, which gives order and meaning to their social, political, economic, aesthetic and religious norms and mods of organization thus distinguishing a people from their neighbors.
From the above definition one can deduce that culture involves the way of a group of people live together in an environment the beliefs, socialization, religious, occupations and all that form the basis of their co-existence.





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