Yacoub Adeleke is a Theatre practitioner with passion for human development. He specialised in Theatre for Development (TfD); an interdisciplinary programme which explores the dynamics of Arts, Culture, Media, Entertainment and Communication for addressing topical development issues, advocacy and Social & Behavioural Change. His Bachelor of Arts focused on Public Health with concentration on Child Survival and Women Development in rural communities. His Master of Arts research focussed on Poverty, Domestic Violence and how these shortcomings contributed to the high rate of street children and juveniles in crime. He has devised plays and participated in several advocacy, public enlightenment and community development projects, spearheaded by reputable organisations like UNICEF, Ford Foundation, British Council, CCCD and Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria under the chairmanship of the Noble Laureate Wole Soyinka, using theatre as a major intervention strategy in addressing topical issues like Road Accident and safety, Infant and Maternal Mortality, Family Planning, Religious tolerance, HIV / AIDS, Child Survival and Development.
His work experience covers both profit and non-profit organisations. He is a founding member of the Performance Studio Workshop (PSW) led by Chuck Mike and Mobile Laboratory Theatre (MOLATH) is his brainchild. He represented Nigeria at the 4th International Entertainment Education Conference in South Africa where he presented a paper on the strategies for stimulating participation in human development through theatre. He is a very versatile and multi-talented person with emphasis of participatory approach. To him, theatre goes beyond pure entertainment: “it’s a powerful tool at the disposal of humanity that can either be used positively or negatively, depending on our intentions and motives; a knife used for cutting fruits is turned to a weapon of destruction in the hands of a lunatic” He is an IDEX Accelerator Fellow.