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Soyinka: Group organises stage play to celebrate literary icon at 90

A MULTI-MEDIA literary, theatre, and movie company, Adubiifa Network Company (ANC) is set to charge Nigeria’s drama and theatre space with the public presentation of a stage play to honour literary icon, Wole Soyinka, a professor, as he clocks 90.

The play, titled “The Noble Warrior – Eni Ogun.” is written by Aiye-ko-ooto, directed by Oriade Adefila, and produced by Cash Onadele.

The play will be performed in honour of the Nobel Prize for Literature winner as he joins the nonagenarian group.

The performance is a collaboration between Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) and Adubiifa Network Company.

This was disclosed in a statement released on Sunday, June 23, and signed by the Executive Producer, Toye Arulogun.

According to the statement, the play is billed to premiere on Monday, July 15 by 6:00 pm at the Hubert Ogunde, Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The group will also have two shows daily at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
at the MUSON Centre, Lagos.

“With a carefully selected cast and technical crew, this celebrative cultural heritage play showcases the protagonist’s brand persona likened to Wole Soyinka and highlights similar personality traits as a fighter and the humane warrior in his 90-year sojourn on earth.




     

     

    “The storyline is that of Oluwole – a princely noble warrior who desires a private life hunting, teaching, and romancing his intended, Olasope. Little did he know that Olasope’s fervent wish would be the subject of a bet between the wizard and the witch of the land.

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    “Oluwole’s new goal was to rid his homeland of the British. This followed (his adversary) Gbadamosi’s prompt for Major Scott to deflower Olasope, his intended,” the statement added.

    It noted that the spine of the drama is only one arrow, which serves as the conscience that pierces the crossroads of corruption, colonialism, and the crown.

    The organisers said the production of the commemorative tribute to Soyinka would tour selected cities across Nigeria after the initial shows in Abeokuta and Lagos.

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    Bankole Abe
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