Demas Nwoko

Born on 20th December, 1935 at Idumuje Ugboko in Aniocha north local Government Area of Delta state, to obi Nwoko demas's photoII, who designed an architectural monument as his palace, among other building activities which aroused his interest in architecture from an early age. Studied fine arts at the Nigerian college of arts, science and technology, Zaria from 1957-1961. He pursued private studies in creative architecture from 1956 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

 
He later proceed to Study theatre architecture and design for the stage (Scenography) at centre Francais Du theatre. Also Fresco painting and architectural decoration at the Ecole des beaux-art both in Paris, France from 1961-78. Nwoko became a pioneer staff of the school of drama, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, teaching designs, directing and applied aesthetics from 1963-78. Worthy of note is that he won a Rockefeller grant in 1964 to study the theatre of Africa, Asia, china, Japan, Canada and the United States of America.

 

He privately pursued the study of creative architecture of the world in 1956 with great interest in traditional demas 1architecture of Africa, the Arab world and Far East. He later withdrew service from the University of Ibadan in 1978 to establish a building component and materials development centre in his birthplace, Idumuje Ugboko. Where all theatre fittings for the Benin cultural centre were also manufactured. These include structural steel, woodworks, theatre seats and some light fittings. In 1978, the new cultural studios Ibadan was converted from private studio into a training centre for the performing arts. The facilities in the studio include – an amphitheatre, dance studio, music studio and design studio. There is also a cinematographic film laboratory. At the African designs development centre, Idumuje Ugboko, founded in 2005, Nwoko hopes to convert many artists and technologists into entrepreneurs, who will produce culturally and industrially viable equipments and goods.

 

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