Musical Performance: Path To Social Well-Being Among Children Living In Deplorable Environment In Makoko
Tuesday 26 May 2020
11:00 – 12:00 UTC
The children of Makoko, a floating slum in Lagos, Nigeria are faced with daunting challenges that is well beyond the capacity of children of their age in other climes. They are stressed with the imminence of forced eviction, and the prevalence of abuse due to their deplorable living condition. The squalor regardless, children of Makoko have big dreams for themselves and their community. But their sense of self esteem matters to the realization of these dreams.
The researcher engaged the children in musical training during the Yuletide, this training helps in making them interact and socialize with the researcher. Learning the music did not only soothe the soul but also sets it in the right frame. With music, slum children can once again have their hopes of a better life rekindled and their minds enriched and fortified for greatness. This study examined in detail the many angles that musical performance can be explored in a bid to help the slum children become better versions of themselves.
Nweke, Florence Ewomazino (Ph.D.) is a researcher and lecturer in Music-Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria. A member of the Society for Music perception and Cognition (SMPC), International Society of Music Education (ISME), Music Therapist Association of Nigeria (MUTHAN).She had her Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and her Masters of Art degree with Distinction, and her Ph.D. at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. A collaborator on “Building Sustainable Global Collaborative Research Networks” under Dr. Patrick Savage (Japan-PI). Joined the global research network on the role of music during the COVID-19 pandemic- Initiators: Dr. Niels Chr. Hansen Ph.D.; Prof. Dr. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann.