By JAPHET ALAKAM
All is now set for the public performance of the nationally acclaimed play Okikiro, a stage drama that seeks to draw the attention of people to the perilous times in which youths of today exist.
The play which will kick-start the 2014 new season of a theatre outfit, Entertainment Bus Stop Ltd, written by celebrated Nigerian playwright, Eki Faith Eboigbe and directed by Veteran Actor and Theatre Arts Lecturer, Tunji Sotimirin will be performed at Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on February 22nd, 2014 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm.
In this period, when the core values of life have been discarded as a result of modernisation, morals and responsible behaviours are missing and the link between what is acceptable and what is done can no longer be differentiated, the play tries to remind all of its implication.
The re-staging of the play which was first performed at the National Theatre, Iganmu in July, 2010 and in Abeokuta in celebration of Nigeria’s 50th anniversary, October 1 and 2, 2010 is timely and essential as it explores the effects of a society in which there are laws but no values and its effects on the ethical beliefs of the upcoming generation.
Okikiro is a satiric play with a social-cultural, moral theme with lots of messages. The playwright through the play make a clarion call to Nigerian youths to play their part in restoring glory and honour to their Motherland. It also seeks to re-ignite a sense of responsibility, unity, national pride and moral fortitude in the Nigerian youths.
Okikiro portrays the conflict that breaks out in the once peaceful land of Okikiro and the wisdom with which the youths of the land tackled the seemingly many-headed monster to proffer a peaceful resolution, restoring peace to their land and justice to the culprits. It is an ideal forum to illustrate ways to bridge the widening gap between youths and the values of our society.
Speaking about the drama, the creative director/ CEO of Entertainment Bus-Stop, Eki Faith Eboigbe, said that the drama is about change especially on the part of the youths. Eboigbe who is also the NANTAP chair Lagos chapter also stated that “EBS is committed to creating, developing and producing artistically excellent and culturally diverse projects for the public to see and review the state of affairs in Nigerian community.”