Why we’re staging play on former Kano Emir, Sanusi – Theatre artist

The Govt Chairman, Duke of Shomolu Productions, Joseph Edgar, has decried the sharp disconnect between Nigeria’s youth and the nation’s previous.

Mr Edgar, whose agency specialises in producing and staging historically-backed performs, significantly lamented that the majority youths had no thought what occurred “even a couple of years in the past”.

“Now we have interacted with youths and located their information of the previous both completely non-existent or abysmally low. That is scary and unacceptable,” he informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

“We should know the place we’re coming from to have a slight probability of getting it proper as a nation.

“There’s a lack of historical past. There’s a detour. The youths are too busy with the Web and do not know the place we’re coming from. If we don’t know the place we’re coming from, we are able to’t know the place we’re going as a result of now we have no historical past or priority to study from.”

He regretted that the majority Lagos youth knew nothing about Lateef Jakande, the state governor, between 1979 and 1983.

“A few of these youths reside in Lateef Jakande Property. Some reside on Lateef Jakande Highway and even attend faculties named after the governor, however you ask them who he’s and why faculties, Estates and edifices are named after him. They don’t know,” he fumed.

Mr Edgar stated that such ignorance of historical past was why his outfit was centered on staging performs on historic occasions that search to recreate and refresh Nigeria’s previous to attach the identical with the current to assist the youths envision a future.

He stated that the outfit had staged performs on Obafemi Awolowo (Awo), Olusegun Obasanjo (Aremu), and Emotan, amongst others, whereas a Play on Emir Sanusi I and 11 can be staged in Lagos and Abuja in August, to be adopted by one on Ladi Kwali.

Emir Sanusi Play

Shedding extra mild on the Emir Sanusi Play titled: “Emir Sanusi – Fact in Clay”, he stated it focuses on the “unseen arms” within the tide of people.

“It’s a scary story about destiny. When he was being put in, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 11 declared that his want was to die on the throne. That means a component of future – that he could not see it to the top.

“It is extremely intriguing. The grandchildren of people who performed a task within the dethronement of his grandfather (Emir Sanusi I) have been people who dethroned the grandson (Emir Sanusi II).

“The 2 conventional rulers have been each misunderstood, and their dethronements created numerous misunderstanding inside and outdoors Kano. Naturally, so much occurred that individuals don’t know.

“The dethronements and the circumstances round them had far-reaching penalties in and round that highly effective Fulani household with a large impact on the connection between the household and the Fulani race on the one hand, and between the Fulani and different teams in northern Nigeria.

“The Play is thrilling, and everyone seems to be anxious to look at it on stage. Everyone seems to be curious.

He defined that the Play would depict the lives, drama and intrigues surrounding the dethronement, leaning closely on the eyewitness account of the Dogarai (place guards), who served each Emirs.

“The Play will excitedly work assiduously by means of the colorful traditions and tradition of the Fulani and different folks of Northern Nigeria to foster an equivocal retelling of a compelling story.

“By means of a number of the most enigmatic storytelling, the Play will explosively carry audiences by means of a voyage of rediscovery, taking them by means of the sacrifices made by each topics as they waltzed by means of a market of bewilderment main as much as what appeared like a predestined and epochal climax,” he stated.

He stated that the Nationwide Troupe of Nigeria had already endorsed the manufacturing and can be partnering in its execution.

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In accordance with Mr Edgar, Emir Sanusi 11 has confirmed his readiness to attend the play performances that may be directed by Prof. Ahmed Yerima, usually considered an institutional pillar of Nigerian theatre.

He stated the Play had greater than 26 sponsors, together with First Financial institution, UBA, Sterling Financial institution and Purple, a major property conglomerate.

NAN quotes Mofoluwake Edgar, Managing Director of the agency, stating not too long ago in Lagos that the outfit had emerged as essentially the most distinguished purveyors of historically-backed stage productions in Nigeria.

“With over 12 productions, together with Ufok Ibaan, Isale Eko and Emotan, to say a couple of, our agency continues to push its imaginative and prescient of retelling our nationwide historic tales to a brand new technology in a agency bid to foster nationwide reawakening utilizing the humanities as a potent automobile of supply.

“As a part of the imaginative and prescient, the agency has pulled in revered administrators like Makinde Adeniran, William Benson and Segun Adefila because it pursues its imaginative and prescient of excellence,” she added.

She was additional quoted as saying that greater than 100,000 Nigerians had bodily seen the productions that had thrown up one of many continent’s most intensive collections of theatrical pictures.



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