…receives IKODASS Merit Award
By Agbonkhese Oboh
The Lagos State governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy, AD, High Chief Owolabi Salis, has described theatre practitioners as the faces of the people, noting that their activities reflect and refract the society.
Salis, who spoke when Lagos State Theatre Arts Association of Nigeria, LSTAA, endorsed his candidature at the Star Alliance Lagos Theatre Arts Conference in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, said: “They are the faces of the people. So their endorsement means the people back me to rescue Lagos from systemic slavery.
“Our movies and stagecraft are the most realistic unlike those of the West that are full of tricks and are technologically enhanced products.
“This realism makes our stage and screen popular in Asia, Europe, America and with the Jews. All these practitioners need is the opportunity to connect with the big movies and theatre producers in the West.
“This is one of the many things we can do to close the gap between the rich and the poor. If a government is not concerned about the welfare of the governed, that is slavery.”
On his part, Mr. Omolulu Faniyi, Chairman, Ikorodu AD, said the party is the foundation of democracy in Lagos State, adding that since the current leaders have enslaved the people, AD has come to reinstate true democracy.
Part of the day’s activities was High Chief Salis’ dinner with the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Kasali Orimadegun I.
Meanwhile, as part of the grand finale of Ikorodu Day celebration, Ikorodu Oga Development Association, IKODASS, has honoured High Chief Salis with a Merit Award.
Speaking on the award, HRM Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi of Ikorodu Kingdom said the Salis he knows is humane, caring and respects culture.
Responding, Salis said Ikorodu has been instrumental to the promotion of Yoruba culture worldwide, noting “I respect culture because Nigeria’s multi-cultural nature is important to the black race globally.”