Awolowo the legend brought to life on stage

Sanwo-Olu speaks at the drama presentation of Awo, The Man, his Jewel

Sanwo-Olu speaks at the drama presentation of Awo, The Man, his Jewel

By Chijioke Okoronkwo/Lagos

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, wife, Dolapo, and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Sunday watched the stage play of the drama, “Awo”.

The stage show was held at Glover Memorial hall, Marina, Lagos.

Dolapo is a grand-daughter of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The play, “Awo the Man, His Jewel and…” written by Mr Makinde Adeniran, was a celebration of the life and times of late Awolowo and his wife, Dideolu.

Awolowo dramatised on stage
Awolowo dramatised on stage

The play, intended to examine the meaning of leadership, was packaged by Duke of Shomolu Productions.

It is a human narrative of the history of a man devoted to humanity.

Copiously choreographed, it is an enactment of the interplay of factors in Nigeria’s struggle for independence with the late Awo as focus.

Sanwo-Olu, in his remarks, said he was proud of the work and its significance to Lagos.

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“Let’s bring history, culture, entertainment and theatre back to Lagos,” he said.

The governor said that Awolowo was imprisoned at Ibeju-Lekki, adding that it was his blessings that led to the massive development currently being witnessed in Lekki.

On his part, Segun Awolowo, a grandson of Awolowo and Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, applauded the script writer and producer for a wonderful performance.

He said he was particularly impressed with the musical effects in the play.

Also, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives, said that people were brought back to life through musicals, drama.

According to him, the late nationalist was brought to life through the show.

He commended the producers, writer, the musicians and the entire crew.

Makinde Adeniran, Director and writer of Awo, told newsmen that the intention was to begin to reengineer the system of leadership.

“One of the things that we all can testify to today is that Nigeria needs to relearn leadership. So, we chose the person of Awo, representing those old figures,” he said.