World theatre day: Thespian family theatre honours veterans

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett; Akin Fatunke; Odian Ofeimun; Mrs. Osofisan; Prof. Bayo Oduneye; Ayo Jaiyesimi and Gbenga Onabanjo at Thespian Family Theatre event to mark this year’s World Theatre Day and honour theatre veterans… in Lagos

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett; Akin Fatunke; Odian Ofeimun; Mrs. Osofisan; Prof. Bayo Oduneye; Ayo Jaiyesimi and Gbenga Onabanjo at Thespian Family Theatre event to mark this year’s World Theatre Day and honour theatre veterans… in Lagos

One of Nigeria’s leading theatre production companies, Thespian Family Theatre & Productions (TFT), recently honoured veteran theatre practitioners for their unrelenting efforts at promoting theatre arts and entertainment in Nigeria.

Those honoured include Nigeria’s matriarch of theatre, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Odia Ofeimun and acclaimed theatre practitioner and professor of drama, Kwara State University and first African recipient of the prestigious Thalia Prize by the International Association of Theatre Critics, Femi Osofisan. Also honoured were former Artistic Director, National Troupe, Prof. Bayo Oduneye, prolific art journalist and culture curator, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo, writer, journalist, culture activist and actor, Mr. Ben Tomoloju who directed Ayo Jaiyesimi’s Ìtan (The Story).

At the ceremony, the participants and other theatre lovers were thrilled to Mr. Ayo Jaiyesimi’s Ìtan stage play directed by Tomoloju. Itan is a rich blend of cultural and contemporary drama, music and dance that captures modern day relational tension between different generations. The resounding message of ‘the oneness of man’ was excitingly projected and very well received by the audience.

While speaking at the event, founder of Thespian Family Theatre & Productions, Jaiyesimi commended the veterans for the exemplary standards that they had set. She also applauded the cast and technical crew of Ìtan that thrilled theatre lovers during the shows from February through March.

She noted, “Theatre is part of Nigeria’s entertainment roots. It allows us to showcase our culture and amazing talents such as the actors that performed and the veterans who did not give up on the industry. I envision the Nigerian theatre industry being recognised globally for its originality and talent base in the next few years”.



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