By the end of this yearâ€™s edition of the Chams Theatre series, which is featuring D.O. Fagunwaâ€™s,Â Ireke Onibudo, theatre goers in Nigeria will be sure to have the epic novel put on video format for posperity .
Ireke Onibudo is one of the five Fagunwaâ€™s novels that is to be dramatized in English and Yoruba in the yearly Chams Theatre series, initiated last year by Chams Plc, an Information Technology company.
Sources close to the initiators disclosed that plans are underway to capture the epic novel on video, shortly after the performances which will be flagged off onÂ November 7, in four cities of Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Akure. Though the video CD said theÂ source, will not be for sale.
The theatre series, conceived as a strategic intervention and contribution to reawaken the stage culture in Nigeria by the IT solutions company, was flagged off last year, with theatrical adaptations of Fagunwaâ€™s Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale by Professor Femi Osofisan and Akinwumi Isola.
Following theÂ resounding success recorded during the maiden outing, ChamsÂ PlcÂ has deemed it necessary to commence this yearâ€™s edition with another stage performance of Fagunwaâ€™s classic, â€œIreke Onibudo.â€
At a press preview of the English adaptation at the Performing Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan penultimate Friday, the selected audience, comprising theÂ media, students and lecturers, enjoyed the opportunity of watchingÂ the performanceÂ Â enrichedÂ in tradition and theatrical innuendoes.
The 3-hour performance brought back memories of the good old days ofÂ live theatre in Nigeria to the audience.
Ireke Onibudo, which deals with the adventures of an eponymous hero, Ireke Onibudo, according to Femi Osofisan, who is the playwright for the English adaptation, The Fabulous Adventures of the Sugarcane Man,Â is another of these grand parables about manâ€™s perennial search for love, felicity, and contentment. The great novelist, he noted, showedÂ that through perseverance and fidelity to oneâ€™s dreams, one can succeed in finding them.
â€œFagunwa in this book, therefore places more emphasis on exploring the capabilities of the ordinary man, and woman in the grim struggle for survival that we can have to face every day. Thatâ€™s why perhaps, instead of magical stunts, what we have for the most part are a succession of fables, folk-tales and animal stories , each of which presents a paradigm of our human condition,â€ Osofisan stated.
ProfessorÂ Osofisan is also the coordinator of the Chams Theatre Series, while Professor Akinwunmi Isola writes the YorubaÂ adaptation, which retains the book title, Ireke Onibudo.
In an address presented by theÂ Chams Plc Managing Director, Mr. Demola Aladekomo, which was read by the company secretary,Â Mr. Idowu Logile, Aladekomo restated theÂ commitment of his company to the sponsorship of the live theatrical performances to rejuvenate theatre and the arts in the country.
He remarked that Chams Plc has concluded plans to extend the number of shows from seven, last year,Â 11 this year in response to popular demand.