Honours Climatologist, late Dr. Timothy Uboegbulam
By Stanley Okehie
Music Department of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri has held 2021 Music Concert.
Titled, “The Unsung Heroes”, the event afforded an opportunity to honour Late Dr. Timothy Chukwuemeka Uboegbulam, world class Climatologist and lecturer of the College who was gruesomely murdered in his house about 25 years ago.
In his address, the Head, Music Department, AIFCE, Dr. Louis Ngozi Ekezie said the annual event, which commenced in 2017 when he was appointed HOD, is used to provide therapeutic, divine and soul refreshing atmosphere necessary for the ever present human, physical and emotional stress.
According to Dr. Ekezie, “this year’s event is used to extol an ideology of service to humanity.”
“This ideology is founded on excellence in knowledge transfer, character modification, discipline, humility and selflessness”, the HOD said while proclaiming that late Dr. Uboegbulam was an icon in the practice of the ideology.
He testified that late Uboegbulam was a true patriot who impacted his community, adding that his exit left an unfilled vacuum till date.
The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Vitalis Orikaeze Ajumbe defined Music as the mother of all arts, adding that it is a disciplined profession.
The Musicologist said Alvan is the best higher institution in the country.
“Alvan hardly goes on strike and has dedicated lecturers”, he boasted.
Prof. Ajumbe who is the CEO of the first music studio in Owerri, Imo State known as Beaton Recording Studios said through him, artistes like “Uwa wu Pawpaw”, Dr. Sir Foreigner, Eugene the Coque are today employers of labour.
He however commended the students for their excellent performances and suggested that the Music department should embrace technology to enable them open recording studios, establish offices for the manufacturing and repairing of musical instruments among other contents they should be inspired to develop.
The highpoint of the event was award presentation to the son of late Dr. TC Uboegbulam, Mr. Iheanacho Uboegbulem who came in company of his mother, Dame Joyce Uboegbulem.
A book in honour of the late distinguished scholar was also presented at the special event.
Students of the music department thrilled and entertained guests with melodious tunes and angelic voices. Accolades and encomiums were poured on them by all present at the concert.
The event had in attendance top dignitaries, lecturers, students and royal fathers among whom were HRH Eze Geoffrey Anika of Atta Kingdom (represented), HRH Eze Udeneho of Atta West, Founder and CEO of Ihem Davis Press & Industries Ltd. Elder Davis Ihemtuge, Publisher Nigerian Newsguide Mr. Chidi Emeagi, Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Ngozi Ebomuche, President General Atta Federated Union, Chief Acho Ezirim among others.