NUTAF 2021: GREGORY UNIVERSITY PREPARES
As the fastest growing and best private University in Nigeria, Gregory University Uturu Abia State is making no attempt to slow down but is set to achieve another milestone and stamp her feet in the sands of time with the hosting of the 2021 edition of Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival, NUTAF. Having made her first entry into the NUTAF 2019 edition of the Festival, battled with other Federal and State Universities for the hosting right, Gregory University Uturu, eventually secured the right to host the festival billed to take off from the 2nd – 8th May 2021 and is now poised to make a difference in the narrative and outlook of the festival.
First, after the round table and facility tour Gregory Universitythe NUTAF Board Of Trustees, BOTs and other stakeholders to the chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Professor Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe, the institution commenced the construction of the 1000 capacity Amphitheatre for the event. This is in view of the fact that the events would need space to make the NUTAF 2021 experience a memorable one. The university also embarked on the rehabilitation of access roads to aid the staff and student contingents of the participating schools as well as other guests to arrive the university without hitches.
Of interest is the fact that the university in her efforts to transform the narrative of the festival, has put structures in place to provide comfortable accommodation for participating schools as well as corporate and private awards to best student participants in the various competitive events such as Narrative Dance, Drama, Spoken word, Comedy, Costume Parade, Drum ensemble, and Impromptu Essay writing.
Noteworthy is the fact that the university has made the publicity of this festival a top priority as efforts are in top gear. Every aspect of the media (Radio, Television, internet) is agog with the awareness and sensitization towards this festival which the university has placed premium priority. These efforts are complimentary of the fact that the university has put structures in place to give the festival a national and international face through the assured distinguished presence of faces of national repute as well as the presence and performance of the Chinese Huaxing Theatre Troupe.
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These and more the university is putting in place to make NUTAF 2021 a cynosure of all eyes and an experience to be cherished in many years to come.