Mosunmola Ayoka Omibiyi-Obidike (1995-1998, 2001-2004)

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Mosunmola Omibiyi ObidikeOne of the foremost teachers and researchers in ethnomusicology in Nigeria, Prof Omibiyi-Obidike got her BA in music (1968), MA in African Studies (1969) and PhD in Music Education (1972) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was awarded the Western State Government Scholarship from 1964 to 1968, and University of California Scholarship in 1969. She was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow between 1981 and 1982.

Omibiyi-Obidike joined the Institute of African Studies in January 1978 as Research Fellow I. In Nigerian and foreign institutions, she taught and gave lectures on the nature of African music, African-American music, Nigerian folk music, and the linguistic influence on music in Africa. A practitioner, she performed solo as well as in concerts and operas on many occasions. She had a solo performance before an NBC-invited audience in Ibadan in 1962, and played a major role in the operetta 'The Sound of Music' in 1965. She gave various solo performances in Los Angeles between 1968 and 1970.

Omibiyi-Obidike's works appeared in books and learned journals such as African Music, Pan-African Journal, Universitas and Nigerian Magazine. She served as consultant on a number of projects such as the Black Studies Project of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennesse (1974) and the Ethnic Heritage Project, Bowie State College (1974-1975) She was Member, Commitee on Music for the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC '77), Chairperson, National Committee on Nigerian Musical Instruments, and Co-ordinator of the National Secretariat of the International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD). Omibiyi-Obidike became a Research Professor at the Institute of African Studies in 1989. She was elected President, Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM) from 2004-2008, and inducted into the Fellowship of the association in 2015.

Though she retired in 2008, she continued to render her services to the University of Ibadan, especially in relation to supervising students on the higher degree in ethnomusicology.

Professor Omibiyi-Obidike died in 2016.