June 10, 2024

Lagos govt, Stagecraft set to showcase historical play, Kurunmi

Lagos govt, Stagecraft set to showcase historical play, Kurunmi

Pic From left, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture, Mrs Toyin Atekoja; Commissioner for Tourism Arts & Culture, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka; Production Manager Stagecraft & Film Producer, Mitchel Bare-Adegbola and Group Executive Director Omnican Media Group, Mr Yinka Adebayo during a news conference to announce Kurunmi a historical stage play in Lagos on Monday (10/06/24)

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Government, in partnership with Stagecraft Studios and Film is set to showcase Kurunmi, a historical stage play to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the state as means of preserving African culture and traditions from extinction.

The Kurunmi stage play, directed by Nollywood actor, Oladapo Muyideen popularly known as Lala, is scheduled to for public view for two days, commencing from June 13, 2024.

Kurunmi is a play written by late Professor Ola Rotimi which explores the themes of collective political and military leadership, social change and development, responsible leadership, control and accountability.

Speaking during a press conference in Alausa, Ikeja, to announce Kurunmi, the state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Toke Awoyinka-Benson, said that the stage play is “In line with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to make Lagos the preferred destination for tourism, leisure and business in Africa.”

She said that Kurunmi, written by erudite and thespian, the late Professor Ola Rotimi and directed by Muyideen Oladapo, popularly known as Lala, “showcases the talents of our vibrant arts industry and creativity of our theatre practitioners.”

According to Awoyinka-Benson, “The captivating stage play, put together by Stagecraft Studios and Film Productions, tells the story of a legendary Yoruba king, Kúrunmí, who embodied courage, wisdom and leadership.”

She said that Kurunmi, which will feature on June 13th and 14th between 11am, 3pm, and 6pm in Ikoyi, Lagos, will also show on July 20th and 21st between 3pm and 6 pm at Terra Kulture Arena, respectively.

She added that the play masterfully weaves together elements of history, culture, and entertainment, making it a must-see for everyone.

Awoyinka-Benson noted that the play showcases the significance of arts and culture in promoting tourism and showcasing the state’s diversity, adding: “The play is an excellent representation of our cultural wealth, which I encourage everyone to experience.”

The commissioner, who noted that the world changes rapidly and cultures and traditions are fast losing steam to the world order, added: “As Africans, we have a culture, we have our history.

“These two elements are most cherished and are a reminder of who we are as a people. It is on that basis that the Lagos State government, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, threw its weight behind the production of Kúrunmí, the stage play.

“We know that the cultural rebirth and reorientation that we talk about can happen faster through entertainment and arts.

“Therefore, by attending this play, you will not only be entertained but also gain a deeper understanding of our rich cultural heritage. The talented cast, stunning costumes, and impressive set design will transport you to a world of wonder and awe.”

Awoyinka-Benson said: “We support production of Kúrunmí because we understand the inherent importance and value that it would bring to our society, especially the numerous Lagosians that would go out to watch the play on stage.”

She urged all residents and visitors to join in celebrating Lagos rich cultural excellence by watching the play.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Gboyega Gboyega Akosile, assured that the government would do everything to ensure the success of the play.

‘The governor believes so much in our culture which was the reason he gave approval for the production of the play. We implore Nigerians to come and watch ‘Kurunmi,’ he said.

The Production Manager, Stagecraft, Michelle Adegbola, said the play was about ‘Kurunmi’, a legendary warrior who stood for what he believed in, thereby passing a message to young ones not to ‘forget our heritage and culture.’

Muyideen who is a Yoruba popularly called Lala, commended the Lagos State government for supporting and funding the project for cultural rebirth especially among the GenZ youths.

He said the play is an opportunity to remind Nigerians of the country’s culture and heritage.

“We have to look back and see why we lost our culture to the western world.

“The stage play takes us back to our root. Its the right play to talk to Nigerians about culture. We want Nigerians to come out and watch it,” Muyideen affirmed.

The stage play which has 75 casts will be taken to the six senatorial districts of the state from this week to the delight of residents.