A theatrical adaptation of Daniel O. Fagunwaâ€™s Ireke Onibudo will be the focus for theatre lovers as the second edition of the annual Chams Theatre Series takes off across four cities beginning November 7 in Lagos. The other cities are Ibadan, Abuja and Akure.
Prof Femi Osofisan is playwright for the English adaptation, The Fabulous Adventures of the Sugarcane Man while Professor Akinwunmi Isola writes the Yoruba adaptation, which retains the book title Ireke Onibudo.
At a press preview of the English adaptation at the Performing Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan, the management of Chams Plc restated its commitment to sponsorship of the live theatrical performances to rejuvenate theatre and the Arts in Nigeria.
Mr. Demola Aladekomo, managing director, remarked in an address presented by Company Secretary Mr. Idowu Logile that the company was extending the number of shows from seven last year to eleven this year in response to popular demand. The Chams Theatre Series commenced in 2008 with theatrical adaptations of the D.O. Fagunwa book Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale. Information and Communication Technology firm Chams Plc sponsors the series as â€œa strategic intervention and contribution of Chams Plc to the rejuvenation of the Arts and stage culture in Nigeriaâ€.
Chams Plc adds that the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative â€œis also a means of promoting our culture and re-orienting Nigerians to the values that we hold dearâ€.The Chams Plc chief executive expressed gratitude to the media for the good coverage of the inaugural Chams Theatre Series, stating that the Ogboju OdeÂ plays received wide spread acclaim with lovers of theatre and culture.
According to Aladekomo, â€œThe packed halls at the presentation of Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale in English and Yoruba last year were proof positive that the role of theatre in Nigeria has not changed. Nor has our peopleâ€™s appreciation of its didactic import as a tool of socialization and of political and cultural communication.
From Abuja through Ife to Ibadan and Lagos, guests turned out in large and ever growing numbers to watch the plays.
â€œThe quality of the plays enthralled audiences. More importantly, detailed coverage of the plays by the news media accentuated the positives and ensured that large numbers of persons looked forward to each play.â€
Aladekomo noted the boost that bloggers gave the plays on social media, remarking, â€œWe also express our thanks to the third players in the modern media scene, the many bloggers and Digital Citizens who wrote their own reports on blogs, or saved the Ogboju Ode logo on their social networking pages. Your vote of confidence excites us.â€