THESPIAN FAMILY THEATRE PRESENTS: “THE LION AND THE JEWEL” AND “THE TRIALS OF BROTHER JERO”

20140706-153336.jpg
Live in Lagos this July and August in celebration of Wole Soyinka at 80. Thespian Family Theatre presents The Lion and Jewel, and The Trails of Brother Jero.

More Photos From The First Night’s Performance of THE KILLING SWAMP

Earlier in the year we brought Ojo Adinoyi Onukaba’s riveting historical play The Killing Swamp to audiences in Abuja. Now you can relive the experience with photos from the lens of Timothy Aideloje (@jtimdal)

20140521-135207.jpg

20140521-135231.jpg

20140521-135252.jpg

20140521-135311.jpg

20140521-135326.jpg

20140521-135352.jpg

20140521-135407.jpg

20140521-135417.jpg

20140521-135427.jpg

20140521-135438.jpg

20140521-135447.jpg

20140521-135456.jpg

Related
Photos from the first night’s performance of The Killing Swamp, written by Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi.

Audience Reactions to THE KILLING SWAMP

Lindsey Tullolu said
Well done.

Peji and Linda Khan said
Very good play. Loved it.

Chima Edomob said
Original. Engaging. Keep doing what you are doing with passion.

Abah Odachi said
Wonderful play.

Chinansa Uwakwe said
A brilliant performance. With more props it would be greatly enhanced I enjoyed the message and believe their potential is without limits. Kudos!

Ogba Abah said
Wonderful play. Eye opening and the timing is perfect – with what’s happening in North-Eastern Nigeria. Change will come soon hopefully.

Dounia said
Thank you for that play!

Alice O’Reilly
Very powerful. I learnt a lot about Nigerian history. Really enjoyed myself, thank you!

Eve Naef said
It was a nice play. Keep it up!

Emmanuel said
A very good play, but I think Asabe should have added more “real” passion in terms of tears. It brought a new sight to the Saro-Wiwa story.

Tristan Fonlladosa said
Very enjoyable. Reminded of the many plays I watched in lagoon.

Olusegun Shoyombo said
An excellent performance.

Ndamchiri Muhammad said
Very good and well delivered play.

Chidozie Oba J. said
Interesting. A lot needs to be done in Niger Delta region for the injustice and degredation of the region

Golda Obi said
Very good acting, riveting and entertaining. Will certainly attend again.

Pa Tamba Ngom said
Excellent!

Williams Rebecca said
Drama was cool.

Williams Olaitan said
Really cool I look up to more of these.

Haaba said
Wonderful play.

Oliver Gainford said
Excellent. Really interesting re-imagining of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s last moments and great acting.

Oliver Dominic said
Want to see it again.

Doris Popoola said
Nice.

Angie said
Very fabulous.

Walter Okoye said
Fantastic acting.

Esther Peters
Lovely. Exceptional performance.

Valerie Bireloze said
That was a genuine, warm, wonderful show. Thank you.

New Promo Photos for THE KILLING SWAMP

We’re getting closer to performance and it’s the perfect time to release some new promotional photos for our upcoming performance of The Killing Swamp.

Written by Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi, The Killing Swamp is an imaginative re-telling of the last hours of Nigerian icon Kenule Saro Wiwa. The play was shortlisted in the 2010 NLNG Prize for Literature.

Let us know what you think!

20140222-163423.jpg

20140222-163439.jpg

20140222-163409.jpg

20140222-163455.jpg

20140222-163510.jpg

Related Stories
Official press release for A.R.T’s upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp.
First promotional photos for A.R.T’s upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp.

1st Promo Photos for “The Killing Swamp”

Hey there theatre lovers!

Ahead of our upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp, we are happy to release the first promotional photos from director Williams Obasi’s production. Check ’em out and be on the lookout for more.

20140218-205827.jpg

20140218-210006.jpg

Date: 28 February and 1 March.
Venue: French Institute of Nigeria, (Beside Mr. Biggs) Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria.
Time: 7pm.
Tickets: N2000.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: ABUJA RADIO AWARDS

20140124-150847.jpg

The ABUJA RADIO AWARDS is an annual recognition awards aimed at identifying, encouraging and supporting indigenous grass-root broadcast journalism in Abuja, FCT.

The Abuja Radio Awards intends to be a sort-after award celebration of radio broadcast journalism. It is to identify radio broadcast stations and staff for their undying conscious efforts towards public enlightenment and Nation building.

The essence of the Abuja Radio Awards is to enhance an ideal level of professionalism in Radio media. Thus the award is recognizes the standout work of professionals in 2013.

The Abuja Radio Awards is designed to be audience/public friendly. The public will get to take part in this award celebration by voting for their favorite stations and staffs that has proven exceptionally well in the year 2013.

The level of participation from the radio stations, staff and the corporate world has been tremendous. The list of participating radio stations for the ABUJA RADIO AWARDS 2013, in no particular order are:

I.BRILA FM88.9
II.VISION FM92.1
III.KAPITAL FM92.9
IV.ASO RADIO FM93.5
V.RHYTHM FM94.7
VI.NIGERIAN INFO95.1
VII.COOL FM96.9
VIII.HOT FM98.3
IX.WAZOBIA FM99.5
X.RAYPOWER FM100.5
XI.LOVE FM104.5
XII.RADIO NIGERIA – Network Station

Voting for these radio stations and its staff will be done via sms and online. The voting categories for The ABUJA RADIO AWARDS include:

1.NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRESENTER (NAP)

2.NIGHT-TIME SHOW OF THE YEAR (NSY)

3.DAYTIME SHOW OF THE YEAR (DSY)

4.BREAKFAST SHOW PRESENTER (BSP)

5.YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR (YAY)

6.AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER (AP)

7.BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW (BFS)

8.SPORT COMMENTATOR/PRESENTER (SCP)

9.NIGHT-TIME SHOW PRESENTER (NSP)

10.RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (RSY)

11.ON AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (OAP)

12.NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW (NAS)

13.RADIO DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR (RDJ)

14.RADIO DRAMA OF THE YEAR (RDY)

15.CONTENT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (CPY)

16.AIRED ABUJA MUSIC ACT (AAA)

17.MUSIC RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR (MSY)

18.SPORT SHOW OF THE YEAR (SSY)

19.GOSPEL SHOW OF THE YEAR (GSY)

20.BREAKFAST SHOW OF THE YEAR (BSY)

Nomination for these categories was done independently by the radio stations. The entry nominations for the categories will be announced on 31st January, 2014, after which voting commences on 1st February, 2014, and closes 28th March, 2014.

The award night will be on 29th March, 2014, but the event is strictly by invitation. For a chance to be a part of this event, visit the Abuja Radio Awards website.

You can also join our social media pages on twitter: @abujaradioaward and Facebook: abujaradioawards, to stand a chance of getting an invitation to the event. You also stand a chance to get invites from participating radio stations.

The vision of this project is to stand the test of time and be seen as a career achievement for every radio broadcast journalist and radio stations in Abuja.

The Abuja Radio Awards will be regarded in high esteem for celebrating indigenous radio broadcast journalism through professionalism and hard work.

Be a part of history; let’s celebrate voices!

The Abuja Radio Awards 2013 Supported by:

3 VINES SOLUTION

WELLNESS VITALITY DRINK

URTELS TELEPAD

NGO BEKE COUTURE

SIGNATURE STUDIOS

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE THEATRE

BRILA FM

VISION FM

KAPITAL FM

ASO RADIO FM

RHYTHM FM

NIGERIAN INFO FM

COOL FM

HOT FM

WAZOBIA FM

RAYPOWER FM

LOVE FM

RADIO NIGERIA

DrC Couture

GUAGE CONCEPTS

To be a part of history, contact:

info@abujaradioawards.com

or call: +234 809 986 8226

The Abuja Radio Awards ’13 – Celebrating Voices!!!

©2014 Abuja Radio Awards | Road 16 House 16 | Efab Estate Lokogoma| Abuja – Nigeria

Related stories
Entry categories for the Abuja Radio Awards ’13.
Voting opens for the Abuja Radio Awards.

The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

20140121-092136.jpg

Submissions open: individual writers, acting-teams, acting-teams in schools, universities and theatres

Many competitions and programmes focus on the making of democracy, justice, and equality. However, in this one, the focus is completely different. It is on the complete opposite extreme!

The idea of the competition is to write a three-act play using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in. The idea of having seven dictators, is a way for highlighting the theme as a global phenomena, and not only focusing on one country.

Earth has been transforming rapidly, especially throughout the past five years, and these transformations are getting faster towards unknown destinies. Thus, writers are expected to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. They are expected to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

This competition is organized by two writers; Mahmoud Mansi from Egypt, founder of “The Forgotten Writers Foundation” and Adrian Tawfik from New York, founder of “Democracy Chronicles”.

Their organizations collaborated together to produce this global project, believing that the theme can produce outstanding new pieces of contemporary Drama, and the book of winning entries would inspire individuals and leaders all over the world, and perhaps guide them.

The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

Read the guidelines to the competition here.

All words and images acquired from http://www.afridiziak.com. See original post here.

Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, Fifth Edition Call for Entries

The organisers of the fifth edition of Wole Soyinka Prize For Literature In Africa have called for entries for the 2014 edition of the Literature Award.

The Chairman of The Lumina Foundation and award’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Francesca Yetunde Emanuel, said this at a press briefing in Lagos over the weekend.

“On behalf of the board of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, I hereby announce the commencement of the preparation for the 5th edition of the prize, which will take place here in Nigeria on Saturday July 5, 2014 and also call for entries. Any published play or collection of plays by the same author of African descent, published within the two years preceding the year of the Prize (that is a play published between 2012 and 2013) is eligible for the 2014 WS Prize,” Emanuel said.

“The 2014 edition will be the 5th edition of the award and will be coinciding with the 80th birthday of Prof. Wole Soyinka, whom the prize is named after.”

However, based on the judges’ recommendation, the Board of Trustees has approved that starting with the fifth edition, each edition should assess only one of the genres (Prose, poetry, Drama and Essays) unlike in the past that had entries in all genres.

The founding chairman of the Lumina Foundation and a member of the board, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, said the growth of the WS Prize is not only in quality, but also in scope and scale as it has continued to attract interest from many African countries as the years pass by.

“Four awards of the prize have been made in the previous editions with Nigeria winning in the first and second editions, and tying with South Africa in the third while a South African took home the fourth prize,” Ogunbiyi said.

The Judges of the Prize are intellectuals and critics taken from five African countries: Cote D Ivoire, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and South Sudan. The overall winner of the award goes home with the sum of 20,000 US dollars.

Source: Nigerian Telegraph (via Save Our Treasures)

Memories from Lagos 2013 Carnival: a Photo Experience

The Lagos 2013 carnival was a blast, an experience only good old Lasgidi can deliver. We’ve got pictures to feed your eyes and nostalgia, so gorge away. All images were captured by photographer Timothy Aideloje (@jtimdal) who was kind to share his photo experience of the carnival with African Renaissance Theatre & Ent.

Lagos carnival

The silver Lagosian

Lagos carnival

We would have liked to title this ‘blue dancer’, but erm…

Lagos carnival

Who would like to get tickled by those feather-fingers?

Lagos carnival

There is only one thing you must do at every carnival, go craaazy!

Lagos carnival

This guy is cool and he knows it!

Lagos carnival

The purple gang.

Lagos carnival

In Nigeria this is what we call, “go down low”

Lagos carnival

We’ll say it again, every carnival, go crazy!

Lagos carnival

Now here’s a different way to hang out.

Lagos carnival

They say staring at the colour green increases your creativity. Well, these ladies certainly amplify that effect.

Lagos carnival

Even secondary school students got in on the fun. No class today, headmaster.

Lagos carnival

Cool carnival stunts.

NUTAF RETURNS

The Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) has announced its return to the theatre academia scene with an invitation to a whooping 37 Universities nationwide.

Following a 7 year hiatus the event is being revamped with Nasarawa State University, Keffi, playing host to hundreds of students from departments of performing arts around the country.

In the past NUTAF was considered the “olympics” of performing arts activities in academia, attracting the support of established Nigerian actors, theatre practitioners, film makers, and more.

The event was last hosted by the University of Jos, Plateau state, in 2006. This year Nasarawa State University, Keffi will be hosting the event from 14th – 20th July, 2013. To all young thespians we say, get out there and have a theatrical blast! The renaissance is well alive!

NUTAF 2013: INVITED NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES

These are the 37 Universities invited to participate at NUTAF 2013:

FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES (16)
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
University of Nigeria Nsukka
University of Ibadan, Ibadan
University of Benin, Benin
University of Calabar, Caliber
University of Jos, Jos
University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
University of Ilorin, Ilorin
University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt
University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos
University of Uyo, Uyo
University of Maiduguri, MAiduguri
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Oye-Ekiti
Federal University,Otuoke, Otuoke

STATE UNIVERSITIES (15)
Nasarawa State University, Keffi
Benue State University, Makurdi
Plateau State University, Bokkos
Niger Delta University
Imo State University, Owerri
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Aguoye
Lagos State University,
Delta State University
Ambrose Ali University
Kogi State University
Osun State University
Akwa-Ibom State University
Ekiti State University
Kwara State University
Kaduna State University

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES (6)
Redeemer’s University, Mowe
Igbinedion University, Okada Benin city
Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state
Afe Babalola University, Edo-Ekiti
Obong University
Western Delta University, Oghara