All is now set for another bumper celebration for the 2011 International Theatre Day (ITD) slated for the 27th of March,2011 by the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).
The international theatre day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in Paris, France under the auspices of UNESCO for the celebration of Theatre Arts and its relevance in positive global theatre development. It is a day specially set aside by UNESCO for Theatre artistes all over the world to gather and celebrate together in their various localities, and as usual Nigeria will join the rest of the world in the celebration.
Mr Mufu Onifade, Lagos chairman of NANTAP disclosed this last week during a press briefing held at Little Theater, Iganmu, Lagos. Before highlighting the activities for the event, he announced that Alhaji Teju Wasee-Kareem, the MD/CEO of Z-mirage Multimedia Ltd has been selected as the Distinguished Personality for ITD 2011.
According to him, “in line with the celebration, we are set to go again with a series of activities to commemorate ITD 2011. The celebration will kick off on Saturday, March 19, 2011 with Flying Time: An Exhibition of Memorabilia to be held at National Gallery of Art, National theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.”
The exhibition, Mufu further revealed will also feature old photographs, costumes, properties, brochures and posters otherwise known as memorabilia of the plays performed between the 60s and early 90s. These will also include photographs of old Theatre icons like Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo, Wole Soyinka, Adeyemi Molayan (Ade Love) among other theatre icons, etc.
Continuing he added that “The exhibition provides an opportunity to reminisce on the cultural/theatrical history of the past. It will be opened to the public including students from secondary schools and tertiary institutions.”
These activities will be followed by A great walk as an Advocacy for Credible Elections and Good Governance on Tuesday March, 22, which will take-off at St Agnes Catholic Church premises, Maryland and end at the open yard, Entrance C, National Theatre, Iganmu between 7.00am to 2 pm.
The great walk will attract participants from all walks of life. It is a walk that assumes the form of a carnival and participants will bear different kinds of slogans that encourage credible elections to produce good governance that will be beneficial to the citizenry of this great country, Nigeria.
On Thursday, March 24, 2011 there will be an advocacy lecture/ book presentation on technical theatre at Hall 2, Lagos Television, Ikeja at 10.00 am. The book talks about Alhaji Teju Wasee-Kareem, the MD/CEO of Z-mirage Multimedia Ltd, an expert in Technical Theatre and how his professionalism has, in no small measure, contributed to the development of contemporary Nigerian Theatre. The title of the book is TECHNICAL THEATRE AND THE PERFORMING ARTS IN NIGERIA and is sourced from academic paper submissions and edited by Prof. Duro Oni of the University of Lagos and Dr. Sunnie Ododo of the University of Maiduguri.
Continuing, Onifade stated that the advocacy lecture titled, The Role of Theatre in Engendering Credible Elections and Good Governance will be delivered by Mr. Ben Tomoloju.
The celebration will end with a plethora of performances: Drama, Dance, Music, Comedy and awards ceremony on the 27th of March where six cultural ambassadors will be celebrated. They are:Mike Abiola – publisher of Nigerian Videos Magazine, African Voice and facilitator of the popular Afrohollywood Awards held in London on an annual basis in the past 15 years.
Tade Ogidan, Film director/producer and multiple award-winning filmmaker. Tee Mac Omatshola Itseli, Musician of international standing. Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Chuma-Ibe – Director (Exhibitions and Museum), CBAAC.
Others are ;Yinka Davies – Quintessential total performer: sonorous singer, dependable actress and dancer. Steve Onu (Yaw) – Actor, broadcaster, comedian and Radio presenter (Yaw of Wazobia FM.)
The ceremony will climax with the investiture of Alhaji Olateju Wasee Kareem as ITD Distinguished Personality for 2011.The venue is the Banquet Hall, National Theatre and the time is 5 pm.