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  • Area of Specialization: Ethnomusicology, Theory and Composition, Music Media
  • Department of Religious Studies / Philosophy

  • Born on June 5, 1968 at Ogiedi Elume in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria, Prof. IDAMOYIBO, Ovaborhene Isaac holds National Certificate in Education (NCE) of the College of Education, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria (1992); Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) degree of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1995); Master of Arts (MA) degree of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1998) and Doctor of Music (DMus) degree of the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (2006). He began his career at the Federal College of Education, Special, Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria as Assistant Lecturer from 1997 to 2000 and has been a don at the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria since the year 2000 where he was Head of the Music Department from 2007 to 2008, 2015 to 2018 and 2020-. He was elevated to the rank of professor in the year 2012. He was a visiting scholar to the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy in 2008, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013 and the University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria from 2018 to 2019. He was Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Nigeria from 2009 to 2011. He received the Pillar of Excellence/Fellow (FHNR) Award of the Institute of Human and Natural Resources, Abuja in 2010, the Distinguished Leadership in National Development Gold Award (D’linga) of the Corporate & Media Africa Communications Ltd at the National Merit Award House, Abuja in 2011, the Academic Noble Award International of the Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria in 2011, the Global Hall of Fame International Gold Award (GHFIGA) of the Nigerian Toplead Media Communications Company at the Ocean Bay Hotel and Resorts, Banjul, The Gambia also in 2011, Ikeresan Community Award as First Professor of Ikeresan Community and Ugborhen District, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria in 2017 and the Award for Service of Excellence of the University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria in 2019. He is currently the national President of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM, 2017 till date) and President of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE), West Africa (2016 till date). His extra-curricular activities include play-acting and directing; table tennis and volleyball. He is happily married to Mrs. Rosemary Hwerien Idamoyibo, Certified National Accountant (CNA).
    My Publications
  1. Idamoyibo, I. O. (2021) Collaborative theory of igoru composition in Okpe Nation Anthem: An approach to art music creativity, Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists
    Vol.1 Pages:

  2. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2018) The Theory of Social Dynamism in Professor Olufemi Adedeji’s Music Scholarship, Leadership and Mentorship. In Music, Musicology and the Gospel in Nigeria: A Festschrift in Honour of Samuel Olufemi Adedeji. Edited by Femi Abiodun, Ranti Adeogun, Alvan-Ikoku Nwamara, Michael Olatunji, Ovaborhene Idamoyibo and Charles Aluede, Ile-Ife: Timade Ventures Nigeria Ltd
    Vol. Pages: 48-53

  3. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2017) Dan Agu’s School of Thought on Academic Regularity and Progressivism in Music. In Musical horizons in Africa: Essays and Perspectives. A Festschrift for Daniel Chikpezie Christian Agu. Edited by Femi Adedeji, Christian Onyeji and Nnamdi Onuora-Oguno, Ile-Ife: Timade Ventures Nigeria Ltd
    Vol. Pages: 74-79

  4. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2017) Five Decades of Musical Arts Education in Nigerian Universities: Issues of National Consciousness (1961-2011), Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research
    Vol.4 Pages: 1-24

  5. Idamoyibo, Hwerien Rosemary; Idamoyibo, Ovaborhene (2016) A unique promotional music strategy in Mrs. Itedjere’s “cooking made easy”, Nordic Journal of African Studies Vol.25 (3&4) Pages: 281-300

  6. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2014) The Theory of Ukeke Ikoko (Axe on the Shoulders) in Prof. Mosunmola Omibiyi-Obidike’s Student-Teacher Relationship, West African Journal of Musical Arts Education (WAJMAE)
    Vol.2(2) Pages: 167-188

  7. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2013) Theories of Relationships and Positions in African Musical Arts Performance Practice Informed by Indigenous Knowledge in Okpe Culture’, Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists
    Vol.7 Pages: 111-122

  8. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2013) The Man is Music: Col. Timothy Eru: a Collection of Poems, University Printing Press, Delta State University, Abraka
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  9. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2012) Socio-cultural Orientation and Image Transformation of Nigeria and its Citizens through Music: The Issues of Re-branding, Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research
    Vol.1 Pages: 96-110

  10. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2012) Vocal Forms in Okpe Igoru Music’, Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists
    Vol.6 Pages: 122-141

  11. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2012) Aphorism, Idiom and Epigram: Momentous Branches of African Philosophy in Okpe Igoru Music, West African Journal of Musical Arts Education (WAJMAE)
    Vol.2(1) Pages: 103-122

  12. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2012) Musical Arts Composition and Performance-composition as Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Okpe Culture: The Poetic Essence, ?????? Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities ??????? Vol.33 Pages: 111-132

  13. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2012) Meki Nzewi in the Industry of Man Power Development for African Musical Arts: Theory, Philosophy and Model, International Journal of Arts and Culture in Society. Pan-African Book Company Vol.4(1) Pages: 22-29

  14. Idamoyibo, Ovaborhene Isaac (2011) Sources of inspiration for music composition in Okpe, Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. Taylor & Francis Group Vol.8(1) Pages: 23-47

  15. Idamoyibo, Ovaborhene (2011) Meaning and Symbolic Communication Circle: In Okpe Igoru Music, International Journal of the Humanities. Common Ground Publishing LLC. Illonois, USA Vol.8 (11) Pages: 209-224

  16. Idamoyibo, I.O, Onyiuke, Y.S. and Agu, D.C.C. (Eds) (2011) Mekism and Knowledge Sharing of the Musical Arts of Africa: A Book of General Reading in Honour of Professor Meki Nzewi, Nimo: Rex Charles & Patrick Ltd
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  17. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2011) The Ukiri Ensemble in Okpe Culture: Its Organisation, Tuning and Playing Techniques in Igoru Music, Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts
    Vol.8 Pages: 115-129

  18. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2011) Developing Collaborative Music Technology Programmes for National Development in Nigerian Universities, Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists
    Vol.5 Pages: 1-15

  19. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2010) Music in Fishing and Pond Depleting in Okpe Culture: Emotion, Spirituality and Experience, African Musicology Online: e-Journal of African Musicology
    Vol.4 Pages: 36-47

  20. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2010) Conceptual Analysis of Igória Musical Communication: The Weaving of Text and Theme, Abraka Humanities Review
    Vol.3(1) Pages: 31-43

  21. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2010) The Laws of Flexibility, Liberality and Contextuality in Musical Construction in Tonal Language: Theories Deriving from Okpe Igoru Music, Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists
    Vol.4(1) Pages: 117-126

  22. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2010) History, Theory and Philosophy of Okpe Igoru Music: Compositional Techniques in African Music, Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller GmbH & Co. KG Vol. Pages:

  23. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2009) Nigerian Music: its Evolution, Genres and Values in Cultural and Socio-Political Systems, Readings in General Studies: Nigerian Peoples, Cultures and Entrepreneurial Skills. Delta State University Printing Press
    Vol.3 Pages: 186-206

  24. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2009) The Philosophy of Igoru musical Communication in Okpe Culture, Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts
    Vol.6 Pages: 46-60

  25. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2008) Let a Woman Beat the Drums: Gender Concepts in African Musical Practice, African Musicology Online: e-Journal of African Musicology Vol.2(1) Pages: 18-26

  26. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2008) Igoru Music and Issues of Leadership in Okpe, EJOTMAS: Ekpoma Journal of Theatre and Media Arts Vol.2(1&2) Pages: 69-82

  27. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2007) The Composer: A Resourceful, Creative and Effective Music Educator in Nigeria, Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA)
    Vol.4 Pages: 111-120

  28. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2006) The Musician as a Mass Communicator: The Voice that Leads the Way to National Development. In African Arts and National Development: Abraka Studies in African Arts I. Edited by Sam Ukala, Ibadan: Kraft Books Ltd
    Vol. Pages: 141-148

  29. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2006) Igoru music and its historical development in Okpe Culture, Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts
    Vol.3 Pages: 32-38

  30. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2003) Interaction between music and culture in relation to human development in Nigeria, Nigerian Music Review
    Vol.4 (1) Pages: 82-92

  31. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2002) Impressionistic Views on the Study of Music in Africa. In Music in Africa: Facts and Illusions. Edited by Emurobome Idolor, Ibadan: Stirling-Horden Publishers (Nig.) Ltd
    Vol. Pages: 12-23

  32. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (2002) Music Media in Sustenance of Democratic Governance, Nigerian Music Review
    Vol.3 Pages: 11-19

  33. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (1999) Evolution of Music in Africa. In Africa: Our Times and Culture. Edited by Egbe Ifie, Ibadan: Oputoru Books
    Vol. Pages: 76-84

  34. Ovaborhene Idamoyibo (1999) Past, Present and Future of Nigerian Musicology, Castalia, Ibadan Journal of Multi-Cultural Studies
    Vol.1 Pages: 44-53