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    Lagos Govt partners stagecraft production on kurunmi play



    Lagos State Government on Monday expressed its readiness to partner with Stagecraft Studios and Film Production Ltd. to stage a play titled ‘Kurunmi’.

    The decision of the Lagos State Government was revealed by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, during a press conference held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

    She said the government is partnering with the production firm in staging Kurunmi in its bid to foster historical heritage and prevent African culture and traditions from going into extinction, as well as expose and awaken the consciousness of youths to the role of good leadership anywhere they find themselves.

    Kurunmi is a play written by the late renowned author, Prof. Ola Rotimi, that explores the themes of collective political and military leadership, social change and development, responsible leadership, control and accountability.

    Kurunmi, which is to be staged at Alliance Française on June 13 and 14 and at the Terra Kulture Arena on July 20 and 21, is directed by a renowned movie producer and actor, Mr. Oladapo Muyideen, popularly known as Lala. The stage play, which has 75 cast and crew members, will also be taken to the five IBILE divisions of Lagos State for the delight of residents.

    Speaking during the press conference attended by the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Media and Publicity, Mr. Gboyega Akosile; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Mrs. Toyin Atekoja; and representatives of organisations sponsoring the Kurunmi stage play, Benson-Awoyinka, said the stage play speaks to the THEMES+ agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to revive and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Lagos and Africa.

    Benson-Awoyinka pointed out that the cultural rebirth and reorientation much desired could happen faster through entertainment and arts, and that is why the Lagos State Government is partnering with the production firm on Kurunmi.

    She said: “In line with the vision of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to make Lagos State the preferred destination for tourism, leisure, and business in Africa, I am honoured to present this captivating stage play, KÚRUNMÍ put together by Stagecraft Studios and Film Production.

    “This play is a masterpiece that showcases our rich cultural heritage, steeped in tradition and history. It showcases the talents of our vibrant arts industry and the creativity of our theater practitioners.

    “The play is a historical play that tells the story of a legendary Yoruba king, Kúrunmí, who embodied courage, wisdom, and leadership. The play masterfully weaves together elements of history, culture, and entertainment, making it a must-see for everyone.”

    Speaking on why the Lagos State Government is partnering with Stagecraft Studios and Film Production Ltd. in staging Kurunmi, Benson-Awoyinka disclosed that “as the Commissioner of Tourism, I recognise the significance of arts and culture in promoting tourism and showcasing our state’s diversity. The play is an excellent representation of our cultural wealth, which I encourage everyone to experience.

    “The world is changing rapidly, and cultures and traditions are fast losing steam to the world order. As Africans, we have a culture; we have our history. These two elements are most cherished and are a reminder of who we are as a people.

    “It is on that basis that the Lagos State Government, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, threw its weight behind the production of Kúrunmí, the stage play. We know that the cultural rebirth and reorientation that we talk about can happen faster through entertainment and the arts. Therefore, by attending this play, you will not only be entertained but also gain a deeper understanding of our rich cultural heritage. The talented cast, stunning costumes, and impressive set design will transport you to a world of wonder and awe.

    “We support the production of Kúrunmí because we understand the inherent importance and value that it would bring to our society, especially the numerous Lagosians that would go out to watch the play on stage. I urge all residents and visitors to join us in celebrating our cultural excellence by watching KÚRUNMí. Let us come together to support the arts and make our state a hub for cultural tourism.”

    Also speaking, the Director of Kurunmi, Mr. Oladapo Muyideen; the Production Manager, Michelle Adegbola; and the Technical Director, Mr. Biodun Abe, commended the Lagos State Government for supporting and funding the project for cultural rebirth, especially among the GenZ youths.

    Oladapo said Kurunmi is about promoting the Yoruba cultural heritage. “As people of different cultural backgrounds, there are ways the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa do their things. So Kurunmi is taking us to the way we do things and the way we address issues. It is about reminding us of our heritage,” he said.

    Adegbola said the reason for the play is about a leader—a legendary warrior who stood up for the tradition. He said stage play is a message for the youth that “no matter the level of technology, we should not forget our background. That is why we are showcasing the play to the public. Governor Sanwo-Olu had seen the good in our culture and we want everyone to connect with our culture.”

    Adegbola also disclosed that whoever wanted to use Uber to get to Ikoyi to watch Kurunmi will enjoy 30 percent on Uber using Kurunmi as the code.

    Speaking during the press conference, the Media and Insight Manager of Rite Food, Mr. Adedotun Ajibade; the Group Executive Director of Omnicon Media Group, Mr. Yinka Adebayo; the Events and Sponsorship Manager of TOLARAM Group, Miss Frankie Ohwo; and other partners, whose companies are partnering with Stagecraft Studios and Film Production Ltd in staging Kurunmi, said they are committed to the play because they believe strongly in it.

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    Renaming National Theatre after Soyinka a fitting recognition – NFVCB DG



    Renaming National Theatre after Soyinka a fitting recognition – NFVCB DG

    The Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Shuaibu Hussaini, has commended President Bola Tinubu for renaming the National Arts Theatre in Lagos, after Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.

    Hussaini, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, described the development as “the kind of recognition one will wish for a giant like Wole Soyinka”.

    Akonitv that the President disclosed this in a tribute personally written and signed by him on Friday in Abuja, to mark Soyinka’s 90th birthday.

    The President renamed the National Theatre as Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.

    It read: “Professor Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986, deserves all the accolades as he marks the milestone of 90 years on earth.

    “Having beaten prostate cancer, this milestone is a fitting testament to his ruggedness as a person and the significance of his work.

    “It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us.

    “I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.”

    Hussaini commended the President for his interest and passion for the arts.

    “It takes somebody who is passionate to remember that this kind of man needs to be recognised with this kind of iconic structure like the National Theatre.

    “It is a welcome development. I am happy because there is nothing you want to name after Soyinka that will be enough compared to what he has done in the literary world.

    “So, this is a fantastic news and welcome development. It is also the President’s interest that made him create a separate ministry for arts, culture, and creative economy because culture has always been an appendage of the Ministry of Information.

    “For us in the arts, this is a fitting reward and recognition for the great feat that Wole Soyinka has achieved, not just for himself, but for Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” Hussaini said.

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    Ecobank’s “Adire Lagos” opens in grand style with over 100 exhibitors



    Ecobank’s “Adire Lagos” opens in grand style with over 100 exhibitors

    The annual Ecobank “Adire Lagos” exhibition has taken off in grand style with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their wares. The 4-day fair which opened June 14 and ends 17th, is taking place at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) in Lagos.

    Originating from Abeokuta in Southwestern Nigeria, Adire textile is an indigenous indigo-dyed cloth made by using different wax-resistant methods to create dazzling designs.

    The four-day Adire exhibition, returning for the third year in a row, is to promote culture, tourism, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and enable them benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Some of the international exhibitors at the fair include Adire Oodua, Tampoori, Jide Batik, Janae, Asologe and host of others.

    The fair is set to witnessing influx of topflight exhibitors, government functionaries, culture enthusiasts, social media influencers, artistes, local and foreign tourists, traditional rulers, and members of the diplomatic community. It provides an exceptional opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, shoppers, and everyone in the business of Adire.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, Kola Adeleke said the exhibition is part of the efforts of the bank to support the creative industry in the country, adding that it was also to promote micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and help them benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

    According to him, “As you all know, we are part of a Pan African bank which operates in 33 countries of Africa. We always look out to support various initiatives on the continent and this adire exhibition fits into the scheme. As you can see, today, we have over 100 merchants who are being given the opportunity to showcase their adire products. This is the biggest that we’ve ever seen.

    It is an international exhibition. We want to support them all the way, train them and make them international brands with indigenous backgrounds. We want to ensure they are able to export their locally-created products across the continent. This is also one way to support the Nigerian economy.”

    Exhibitors and attendees alike were enthusiastic and full of commendation for Ecobank. Ecobank Nigeria, a key driver of tourism, culture and the creative industries in Nigeria, recently hosted the +234Art, a 10-day art fair dedicated to nurturing and uplifting the burgeoning art industry in Nigeria.

    The fair provided a platform to support emerging artists and encourage increased interest in art acquisition; the bank organised the Photography, Art, and Design Exhibition (PADE) to commemorate World Photography Day in 2022; the bank also partnered “Songs & Stories” With Cobhams Asuquo; Redbull Dance Your Style; BellaNaija Style Summit and Loosing Daylight (An exhibition of the history of Nollywood organised by Nse Ikpe-Etim)

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    Makinde Inaugurates New Olubadan Palace, Says 11 LGAs To Maintain Edifice



    Makinde Inaugurates New Olubadan Palace, Says 11 LGAs To Maintain Edifice

    Ahead of the formal coronation of the new Olubadan of Ibadan Land on Friday, July 12, 2024, the new Olubadan Palace was on Wednesday evening commissioned in Ibadan, by the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

    Akonitv reports that the new Palace project was initiated by the immediate-past administration of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

    Governor Makinde, who took to his verified social media handles on Wednesday night to disclose the development, thanked the late Governor Ajimobi; a former President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief O. O. Bello; Chief Bayo Oyero, and all Ibadan indigenes, who contributed to make the project a reality.

    He added that for the second phase of the palace, the State government will include renovating the Bower’s Tower in order to boost tourism in the State.

    Makinde wrote: “This evening, we commissioned the new Olubadan Palace in Ibadan. The event gave us an opportunity to acknowledge and thank everyone who made it possible including former Governor Abiola Ajimobi who started it, the former President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief O. O. Bello, Chief Bayo Oyero, and all Ibadan indigenes who contributed to make the project a reality.

    “To maintain this new palace, we have established a process where all 11 local government councils in Ibadan will contribute to its upkeep on a monthly basis. For the second phase of the palace, we will also include renovating the Bower’s Tower, to boost tourism in our dear State. We are looking forward to the coronation of our Olubadan this Friday.”

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