Meet YEKINI-AJENIFUJA ISAAC ADENIYI, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.




Associate Professor / Reader


Theatre Arts and Music


At the Theatre Arts And Music department office

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Research Interest

Topic: Ethnomusicology, Composition And Music Education

Description: The place of music in African culture is enormous and its usage is encompassing. Its ethics, norms, value and other aspects calls for intensive investigation in order to save it from extinction. As such, its proper investigation and documentation is capable of creating more awareness of its values and usage to proffer solution to problems in the global community. This assertion propelled my choice of area of research.My research work focused on three areas such as Ethnomusicology, Composition and Music Education. The ethnomusicology aspect examined problems of Instrumental music, vocal music, religious music and performance practice of music genres in Yoruba land most especially. The linguistic aspect of vocal music was not left untouched. In this category, investigations on the organization, musical characteristics and performance techniques of bata music among the Awori people, analytical study of the poetic and musical structure of selected examples of bata music was accounted for. The ethnomusicological study of the emergence and the use of music for worship among the Yoruba adherents the two major religions in Nigeria and the results of Euro-Christian and Arabian-Islamic musical cultures created by these two religions. The study also looked into the influences of Yoruba culture on foreign religions such as Islam. The second aspect of my research is composition which tacked the problems of compositional techniques in indigenous and contemporary music in Nigeria. The work also documented indigenous and contemporary songs in an effort to promote in African cultural heritage.


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (Ethnomusicology, Music) Music Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University 2010

Current Research

Music and the Musicians in Christian and Islamic Worship in Lagos State: A Comparative Study of the Anglican Church and the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society.

Research Details

The study examined the use of music in Christian and Islamic worship with particular attention to the Anglican Church and the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society. The study surveyed the historical background and the developmental stages of the music genres practiced in both sects. The factors that were responsible for the development of the music types were investigated with a view to evaluating and making appropriate comparisons between the two major religions. The role of the musicians who create and perform music in both religious sects and their contributions were also examined.The methodology of the study was carried out as an empirical study in pursuit of the aims and objectives set before it in the following design: i Pre-field, ii Field work and iii Post Field Methods. The technique of data collection emphasized Participation observation, oral Interviews, library and internet research among others. The fieldwork was conducted in Lagos stateThe findings of this study revealed that the understanding and appreciation of music determines the level of its acceptability and usage in the two religions. In the Anglican Church, music is found in every segment of worship, whereas music is limited to particular segment of worship in the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society. As such, music is integral in the Anglican Church, while it is marginal in the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society. Some Islamic religious recitation such as Adhan, Iquamat, Qui ra among others which was declared non-musical by Muslims was found to exhibit musical characteristics. It was also discovered that the musicians in the two religious sects are very impactful. Their contributions led to the evolutions of religious music in Nigeria.The study concluded that in as much as music is more pronounced in the Christian religion than the Islamic religion, however, the evolution of music in the two religions is concomitantly bewitching.


YEKINI-AJENIFUJA ISAAC is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of Theatre Arts and Music

YEKINI-AJENIFUJA has a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology, Music from Music Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

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