Category: The Stage

Manuel Tackles Rumbling Between the Sheets In ALHAJI

Every Sunday in March 2020 at TerraKulture Arena In his debut outing as director of his own play, the Nigerian actor Bimbo Manuel is foraging for something between the sheets. ALHAJI, the third play he has written but the first he would stage, tackles erectile dysfunction, a subject he places squarely in a polygamous home. […]

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Dreams: Can Nollywood Bear To See Its Own Face?

            Every few weeks, a heated discussion breaks out in the Nollywood corner of Twitter. The configurations differ from time to time but the two sides are almost always intact: one wants Nollywood to succeed the way it is or for its films to “grow the market”; the other group […]

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Ajo Fest Director, Ogungbade, Dies

By Toyin Akinosho Jide Ogungbade, the theatre director widely noted for interpreting Fred Agbeyegbe’s “Ajo Plays” into full carnivals on stage, has died. “Nicholas Babajide Ogungbade, passed on in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Lagos after a period of illness”, a family statement announced. A poet, playwright, singer and music composer, […]

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Moremi: Carnival of Colours, Fashion on Stage

Moremi–The Musical, the new stage interpretation of the Olurombi tragedy, is a large exhibition of art. Each of the scenes in this drama, produced for the end of year holiday period by Bolanle Austen Peters Productions (BAP), is painted, in vivid colours, with animated sound effects, to present the time of day, the pace of […]

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Baba Sàlá: Lights Out for the Joker of Yemẹtu

By Akin Adeṣọkan A man saunters into the first-class section of an airplane, and walks into two men. The first is the president of Nigeria and the other the President of Muslims in Yorubaland. “Ah, this is so good,” he says. “It’s my lucky day. You are president of Nigeria, you are president of all […]

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Reliving the Zupta years, one Zapiro cartoon at a time

WTF – Capturing Zuma, a cartoonist’s tale, by Zapiro with Mike Wills (Jacana) If, for some inexplicable reason, you wanted a reminder of the Zupta years, Zapiro’s new book fits the bill. And it’ll make you smile – wryly. WTF is not Zapiro’s usual annual. This volume spans the years from 2005 all the way […]

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Toni Kan, Bolanle Austen-Peters, At FT Africa Summit

The author Toni Kan and the multi-genre culture producer Bolanle Austen-Peters, are part of a very select group of 23 high profile speakers expected in London, United Kingdom, in early October, for a series of panel conversations around the hot button issues on the African Continent. The parley is organised by Financial Times. The FT […]

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The Uphophos Take The Fringe

Registration to participate in the “new” festival ends on August 31, 2018   By McJohn Otontoh, BookArtville Theatre Correspondent   After five years of producing the Lagos Theatre Festival, seen by many as the largest outdoor festival in West Africa, Kenneth Uphopho is leading a team to inaugurate The Lagos Fringe. The Lagos Theatre Festival […]

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Beeta Comes Round the Second Time

Beeta Universal Arts Foundation BUAF is calling on playwrights to submit their works for the second annual BEETA Playwright Competition. The requirements that you have to be a Nigerian playwright, aged between 18 and 40, come with a proviso: terms and conditions apply. The 1 Million Naira award comes with a publishing deal and guaranteed […]

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The Death Metaphor

Jahman Anikulapo A sudden burst of confusion overwhelmed the belly of the vast hall, yielding a cacophony of cries and shrieks of agony, furiously stampeding feet and then… blackout! In no time, the ambience of the hall which moments ago had been a spot for fun had become a site of anguish. In the aftermath […]

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