The National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) is set to float a digital streaming platform. This is in responding to the need to innovate, in the midst of the challenges that the pandemic has posed to theatre and theatre workers across the world, especially as it relates to ensuring a borderless promotion of theatrical works. NANTAP in a statement said that in pursuance of this long time dream, it recently signed a partnership agreement with Mr. Godwin Noah of 5th Pentagon Studio, to create a website, Mobile App and TV streaming platform, for the purposes of online streaming and broadcast of live and prerecorded dramas, films and other related performances of members and practitioners in Nigeria and across the world.
According to the statement jointly signed by its National President, Israel Eboh fta, Secretary-General Mazi Sam Uche Anyamele, NANTAP, an umbrella body for all theatre and allied art practitioners in Nigeria, with branches across the federation, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on May 28, em powering Mr. Godwin Noah as a Technical Partner to this project, to develop a mobile app and digital streaming platform as well as managing the site and services to ensure that NANTAP offers global streaming industry standard.
“NANTAP on the other hand will be responsible for the contents that will be broadcast on the platform either through direct production or procuring such content through its network of members and practitioners. “NANTAP has already commenced the process of securing all necessary approvals and licenses required for the initiative to run smoothly within the ambit of the law.”
The platform is expected to boost the industry at it will bridge the social distancing gap between live theatre and its numerous audiences in Nigeria and around the world. “Once unveiled, this platform will help revolutionize the industry. As the first of its kind in the industry, this streaming platform will bridge the social distancing gap between live theatre and its numerous audiences in Nigeria and around the world as it would play a most needed complementary role to live theatrical performances.” The platform is billed to be unveiled for a month-long test run in September 2020.