A report of the lecture and event in commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Nigerian Field Society in honour of Father Joseph Kenny
The event withnessed a full house as the Nigerian Field Society celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Nigerian Field (The Oldest Academic Journal in Nigeria) in honour of Late Fr. Prof Joseph Kenny at the Dominican Institute, Ibadan. There were about 74 (listed) people at the attendance.
Notable among those present were the past president of the NFS, Engr Nat Oyelola, Prof. Emeritus D.U. Okali, Prof. David Okpako, and former Secretary of NFS Mrs. Chris Bankole. Others are Father’s Nwosu of the Dominican Institute, Prof Dele Olayiwola of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Mrs. Udoh, representative of the Controller of Nigerian Prison Service, Ibadan and many others.
The Lecture “Breaking the Mould: Priest Unlike Other” was delivered by Dr. Pat Oyelola, Chairperson Editorial Board of the Nigerian Field.
The Lecture traced the contributions of Father Kenny through the eyes of the Arts, drawing parallels from the contribution of Late Father Kevin Carroll and the acculturation policy of the catholic church.
The Lecture and event climaxed into an emotional session for Dr. Pat Oyelola while eulogising and stolling the virtues of Father Kenny, this received a standing ovation from attendees when the last words were spoken.
A wreath was laid at the grave of Father Kenny by Council members of the NFS at the end of the Lecture.
There was also a display of books and other materials and an art exhibition of collections by Father Kenny at the venue of the Lecture.
It was certain that participants enjoyed the entire presentation. The Nigerian Field is very grateful to the participants, the management and members of the Dominican institute and members of the NFS for making the event a resounding success.