Osofisan stirs debate on ‘love’ with Medaye

By Oyeyinka Oludayisi Fabowale Helendale Suites in highbrow Agodi neighbourhood, Ibadan hosted a select audience of journalists, literary critics and arts buffs to a reading performance of Prof Femi Osofisan’s latest play, ‘MEDAYE’: A Re-Reading for the African Stage of EURIPIDES’ MEDEA. The performance, a collaboration between the foremost dramatist on one hand and Prof. […]

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How theatre revamp will deepen artistic enterprise

Since the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, led other members of the Bankers’ Committee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government for the handover of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on February 14, 2021, there has been a renewed hope that government will look in the direction […]

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Sikiru Ayinde Barrister: Prophet without honour (3)

By Tunde Odesola   Birth, breath and death; three seeds cohabiting in the same pod. Birth-breath-death: Sikiru Ayinde Balogun’s earthly journey in a winged chariot driven by fate, fuelled by freewill. Fatefully, Ayinde was born by a butcher father and a pepper-seller mother. Utterly, he had no say over the spermatic fluid that shot him […]

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Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham’s films gross over N300m

Mrs. Akindele-Bello and Mrs. Abraham Nollywood stars Funke Akindele-Bello and Toyin Abraham currently stand as the two producers with the highest-grossing films with over N300 million in 2020. Mrs. Akindele-Bello’s ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga’ and Mrs. Abraham’s ‘Fate of Alakada,’ each grossed over N100 million in cinemas after the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria released […]

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Sikiru Ayinde Barrister: Prophet without honour (2)

By Tunde Odesola Barrister wasn’t a stark illiterate. He wasn’t an academic either. But he created Fuji, a music brand that has swallowed various pre-existing Yoruba music such as Sakara, Apala, Awurebe, and paralysed erstwhile top-of-the-chart music, Juju. However, there are many ‘ifs and buts’ that could have changed the success story of Fuji since […]

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Baba Sala, ‘a blessing to Yoruba race, Nigeria’ honoured

Evergreen Musical Company moves to preserve indigenous music By Banji Ayoola The late legendary comedian, Chief Moses Olaiya Adejumo, MON, popularly called ‘Baba Sala’, and variously described as father or pillar of Nigerian comedy, has been conferred with a post humus Life Achievement Award for his monumental contributions to the development of theatre and comedy […]

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Festival of Unity rekindles love, hope in Nigeria

Chairman of the maiden National Theatre Festival of Unity, Prof. Duro Oni (fourth from left); GM/CEO, National Theatre, Prof. Sunday E. Ododo and his wife; art and culture activist, Ben Tomoloju; and Festival Director, Biodun Abe, flagged by other executives at the closing ceremony The National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, which was in doldrums for lack […]

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