This paper examines the life and times of Raymond Primrose Itseoritse Okenrentie. It investigates the musicality of this man who is generally believed to be the hub of Art music in the then Bendel state of Nigeria. The author employed interview, library search for relevant data and interacted with some members of his family as well as his former students. In the course of this investigation, it was observed that R.P.I. Okenrentie remains undoubtedly the first music scholar in the then Bendel state and through whom the crop of music scholars we see today in that region developed. It is thought that an individual can never be studied in isolation. Thus as we talk of Okenrentie, we talk of his contributions and as such open up chapters on the musical backgrounds of those who came across him and those he came across. The paper concludes by suggesting among other issues that periodic assessment of individual contributions in the field of music should be encouraged. In doing this, compendiums of relevant data on author study in Nigerian music will evolve.
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