CELEBRATING NIGERIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC GREATS – Stephen Olusoji

ARTISTE OF THE WEEK – Stephen Olusoji

This week’s artiste is not the type of Musician you see on stage, neither is he the type that makes the headlines. This is the Musician at the background, the type of Musician that moulds a Musician.

Stephen Oluibukun Olusoji was born in Lagos to a Clergyman. Surrounded by music and musical instruments, the motivation came to take music to the next cadre from the home front.
He started off as a choir boy, In the alto part, later he picked up the recorder under the tutelage of Late Rev.George Sodipo in the early seventies in a gospel church. He got his first musical training from the Late Ropo Odumosu at Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos, where he also served as the school’s Organist, before proceeding to higher institutions.

A trained Music Teacher, fondly called “The Doctor”!! by his students, Stephen Olusoji holds an NCE in Music Technology from Ibadan Polytechnic. He was taught by well-groomed Teacher-Musicians. He also holds a B.A In Music from the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.Ed (Management) L.A.S.U, M.A.(African music) University of Ibadan and PhD (Ethnomusicology) University of Ibadan. No wonder many of his past students testify that Dr. Stephen is a wonder to behold in the classroom.

As an experienced teacher who has trained quiet a number of Musicians, Dr. Stephen thinks highly of the Nigerian Music Student, but does not spare the rod in stating some grey areas in the lives of Upcoming Musicians, in a chat, he says;

“Students come from different musical backgrounds and it will be quite difficult to access their levels of musical achievements without taking into cognizance that Nigerian students are hardworking, ready to take up challenges but impatient to learn the right techniques, rather it’s a tussle to absolutely chase money and certificate (without substance)”.
It is left to be seen if the Nigerian Student will agree to this notion.

On the issue of lack of facilities and good teachers in the various Nigerian Higher Institutions here’s what he had to say;

“It is a serious problem. The entire system must be sanitized from the Instructors/Lecturers. To be employed, Lecturers must be those that can deliver, add value to the system and Mentor our future Musicologists. We are going to have problem in our music studies at the exit of Ekwueme, Vidal, Obidike, Agu, Adekunle, Akpata and Soyannwo from the stage. It is not the number of PhD holders in the system that matters, but what they can deliver. The students on their own should be more focused and shun materialism but strive for excellence – Seek for the knowledge and every other things shall be added unto you – should be their motto”.

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Dr. Stephen Olusoji on his PhD graduation ceremony

Dr. Olusoji further explains that the solutions to the problems facing music education in Nigeria lies in the hands of the Government to provide enough funds to sustain the arts, according to him, art is life. He also believes that Politicization of appointment into lecturing job is another problem killing the system and calls for a review of the curriculum, so as to meet contemporary needs.

Dr. Stephen Olusoji has attended conferences at home and abroad to improve himself in the area of Music education which he holds dear. He also holds a Cambridge certification for Secondary School Music Education. A very good composer, having studied under Meki Nzewi at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Dr. Olusoji has composed several Choral and Sacred works one of which include “Oyigiyigi” and several other Fuji, Highlife and Apala Music by notable Nigerian Musicians, rearranged for the Piano.

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A very vibrant and exciting Dr. Stephen Olusoji in class.

Ladies and gentlemen, a stand in goon ovation for this Teacher, Pianist, Composer and Music Educator;
Dr. Stephen Olusoji

I CELEBRATE YOU TODAY!

Ifediora, Obinna Maurice
(Baritone)

Musical Society of Nigeria
8/9 Marina, Onikan Lagos.
(±234) 708-708-6669
(+234) 706-338-3135

dasuGarboi@yahoo.com
obislim.baritone@yahoo.com

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19 thoughts on “CELEBRATING NIGERIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC GREATS – Stephen Olusoji”

  1. Indeed Dr Stephen Olusoji is a great music teacher. He was once my lecturer in the orchestra band nce. Made me to understand orchestration and the beauty in music. Funny enough thought me the first four strings of the violin. A very patient man who fears God. Respects individuals creativity. I salute you sir and will always remember him to be one of the pioneers of my music career.

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  2. You have done justice to a true and seasoned researcher. He taught me Advanced Research in my first semester M.A. program in UNILAG. The man is very understanding, humble, open, accessible, and a good teacher. I celebrate you sir.

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  3. Dr. Olusoji is an inspiration in the classroom. He supervised my M.A. thesis, and my life never remained the same again. A humble achiever, meek, gentle and compassionate. Despite his towering achievements in music and academics, he remains down to earth! God will continue to uphold you and your family sir!

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  4. In a world where mediocrity rules, shall we then choose to join the wagon? Nay. “It is not the number of PhD holders in the system that matters, but what they can deliver.” Here is a music educator I respect so much. Even with his vast knowledge of music, he’s still down to earth. He relates with his Students like he will do with his colleague. A musical genius, God fearing and intelligent personality. I remember playing one of his compositions on my 2nd year recital in muson. He’s a true PHD HOLDER.
    I join in celebrating you.

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    1. Thanks all.l’m speechless and overwhelmed.May God honor us all.Amen
      The great Sir David Aina,my priceless colleague,I’m grateful Sir.
      Chief Tosin,my wonderful maestro Thanks.Regards

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    2. Wow!!!
      Dr Olusoji is a true Christian.
      A good person with fear of God. He does not victimize his students with favoritism or partiality. He gives you your marks. Trust me not all lecturers will be happy to see you progress!!! A violin teacher who taught me history and whose ideas have really helped my compositions. I hail you sire.

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  5. Thanks all.l’m speechless and overwhelmed.May God honor us all.Amen
    The great Sir David Aina,my priceless colleague. I’m grateful Sir.
    Chief Tosin,my wonderful maestro Thanks.Regards

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  6. Thanks all.l’m speechless and overwhelmed.May God honor us all.Amen
    The great Sir David Aina,my priceless colleague,I’m grateful Sir.
    Chief Tosin,my wonderful maestro Thanks.Regards

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  7. My able Father, teacher, mentor, Reverend, and instructor. I remembered many years ago when u taught me how to play recorder as Primary School student and growing up in your custody, u taught me Brass instruments and basically Euphonium, and took me to the level of playing in Muson and many of us in the Church, you are a great teacher and instructor, I really celebrate U Sir, may the Lord continue to Bless u and take u more to greater height. Wao, am happy for U my Erudite Lectural.

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