Invitation to a CHUSS Seminar Series on Friday 22nd March 2019, 2:00PM

Date

Friday, 22 March 2019

Event Details

The Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies invites you to a CHUSS Seminar Series scheduled for Friday 22nd March, 2019, 2:00PM - 4:00PM.

Venue: MA Class, School of Women and Gender Studies

Presenter: Koblowe Obono, PhD

                 Department of Communication and Language Arts

                 University of Ibadan, NIGERIA

Topic: An Analysis of Sculptures as a Medium of Reproductive Communication in Ugep, Nigeria

 

Bio

Dr Koblowe Obono is a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her areas of research interest include: Health Communication, Development Communication, Sociology of Communication, Gender and Media Studies. She is currently an African Humanities Residency Fellow (2018). Some of her earlier awards include, Ford Foundation International Visiting Fellowship (2007), ACLS/AHP Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010) and The Humanities Staff Development Grants (2015). Dr Obono has published widely in national and international journals and books.

Abstract

The paper describes the nature of a largely neglected African traditional communication system used in grassroots reproductive communication. It presents sculptures and their symbolic meanings in Ugep, Nigeria. While most researchers have used positivistic approaches and verbal contents for reproductive health studies, they respectively neglected qualitative perspectives and nonverbal systems of information dissemination, hence, the dearth of knowledge on sculpture-based communication. Observation and qualitative content analysis were used to examine the dynamics of reproductive communication and their importance. Two sculptures were purposively selected based on their relevance to the study phenomenon. They were close viewed to tease out meanings and significance. Findings reveal that reproductive intentions are conveyed nonverbally through cultural models like Ebunegbogbor and Opalapala (a couple with their child), and Ojoonen (a nude male and female). They communicate the importance attached to intimate relationships that occur within marriage, culminating in reproduction. Contrary to popular assumption that reproduction activity is a taboo topic of discussion in traditional African societies, findings reveal its expression through coded language in the study community. Gender differences and roles emerged from the context of communication. The paper shows the significance of symbols in health management, gender relations and sociocultural construction of reality. Values, ideas and emotions based on indigenous knowledge are encoded in sculptures for reproductive relevance. Their ideologies constitute objects of verbal discourse and human behavioral choices.

Keywords: Cultural models, Reproductive communication, Sculptures, Symbols, Health management, Gender

 

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