Celebrating imagination of the human spirit through theatre

The serene Alliance Francaise, West Minds, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, was a hub of theatrical performances recently as the Jos Repertory Theatre (JRT) held this year’s edition of its yearly Jos Festival of Theatre, the 11th in the series. Scores of live theatre enthusiasts, including critics, artists, scholars, among others were thrilled to six days of stage performances.   Over the last decade, the Festival of Theatre has become a nurturing ground for Nigerian artists to showcase their talents and creativity through a Nigerian and international repertory.     The…

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Ara Studio boosts live theatre with Yeepa! Solarin Mbo!

It was one of those rare theatrical performances that get the audience reeling with laughter while also taking in the message of the play. The event was the stage production of Femi Osofisan’s Yeepa! Solarin Mbo!, an adaptation of Who Is Afraid Of Solarin, written by the same playwright.   Staged penultimate Sunday at the serene Agip Recital Hall of MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, the performance which featured array of notable thespians including Fatai Adetayo aka Lalude, Sunday Afolabi, Wale Macaulay, Mawuyon Ogun, Feyikemi Taiwo, Smart Adejuwon, Taiwo Ibikunle, Michael…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and circus shows

The farcical story that National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large hill of $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million heretic is total hogwash, bunkun and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so-called corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds.…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 1)

MIKE OZEKHOME SAN, OFR

INTRODUCTION The farcical story that NIA, Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large haul of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m is heretic flapdoodle, bunkum, baloney, hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called anti-corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds. The…

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…Ozekhome, others chide NIA over alleged ownership

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, yesterday, described, as farcical, the story that National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), Nigeria’s external secret police has claimed ownership of the large hill of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m. He said, “Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual…

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DONALD DUKE’S DAUGHTER: I PICKED SAX BECAUSE OF MY DAD

Xerona Duke, the heiress of former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, is both an entertainment lawyer and an Afro-beat exponent. It runs in the blood, plays saxophone and mum sings and plays the piano. The young lady will be performing live with her dad at the Runway Jazz concert in commemoration of Lagos at 50 set to be held on April 30 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. She speaks with LANRE ODUKOYA.     Have you ever been to any music school? Yes, I…

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ZTA’s chief executive, Kaseke, bags honorary doctorate award

The Commonwealth University in collaboration with London Graduate School has conferred on the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Mr. Karigoka Kaseke, Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration. This is in recognition of Kaseke’s exceptional contribution to tourism in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world. The convocation ceremony was held recently in Dubai (UAE). The institution noted that: “The Honorary Doctorate Degree Award of the Commonwealth is a unique award that is especially reserved for personalities who have distinguished themselves in society through service, selflessness and other outstanding contributions through which the…

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Calls for minimum wage review thickens

The battle by organised labour led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for a review of the current minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000 is gaining traction as more bodies pull their weight behind the campaign. This is coming just as the technical committee set up for the purpose of the review submitted its report to the relevant quarters a few days ago. The Federal Government had set up a tripartite committee for the review process. The committee is be made up of the Federal Government, the state and labour…

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Lagos commences construction of six new arts theatres

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said that construction work on the six arts theatres across the state has commenced. He also said that the state was currently leading the initiatives to transform the National Museum and the iconic National Arts Theatre into world class centres of history, tourism arts and entertainment. The governor spoke at the inauguration of a Board of Arts and Culture at the Banquet Hall, Lagos State, when he urged the board members to go all out and explore private sector support to nurture new talents…

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Promoting theatre growth through criticism

What impact can theatre criticism make on politics? What are the values of the politics in the theatre? Indeed, how does documentation policy affect the theatre critic? And, is theory an accessible tool for the theatre critic? These are among questions that were brought to the fore at the recently concluded conference of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) in Nigeria, which was on the theme: ‘Theatre, Criticism and Politics – Where Are the Limits?’ The conference, which brought together theatre critics in the media and the academia world…

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