Yinka Davies, Wale Rub­ber, Ben Og­beiwi Star In The An­them

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - SOUNDN’ SCREEN - By Cleopa­tra Eki

NIGE­RIA’S na­tional an­them has con­tin­ued to in­spire pa­tri­o­tism since its adop­tion in 1978. The two-stanza song will get a grip­ping the­atri­cal makeover in a new stage play, The An­them.

The play will be staged to­day at the NAF Events Cen­tre, Kado, Abuja. It stars Yinka Davies, Wale Rub­ber, Dayo ‘Doxa’ Ben­jam­inLaniyi, Lovette Otegbola, Chimela Azu­runwa, Ben Og- beiwi and Thin Tall Tony.

Speak­ing on The An­them, the pro­ducer and writer, Funke So­dade, de­scribed it as an in­spired pro­duc­tion that all Nige­ri­ans must watch. “It is a very rich story about Nige­ria that draws char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion from the na­tional an­them,” she said.

So­dade added, “we are de­liv­er­ing an epic tale that por­trays a utopian Nige­ria where fault lines do not ex­ist. In be­tween re­hearsals, it’s been an in­spired at­mos­phere even among the cast and crew. We are pumped up about what Nige­ri­ans and non-nige­ri­ans alike are about to see.”

Pro­duced by WR Pro­duc­tions and di­rected by Zara Ud­ofia-ejoh and Wale So­dade, The An­them is en­dorsed by the Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency and Small Medium En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment Agency of Nige­ria (SMEDAN) as part of the 58th In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion and al­most 20 years of con­tin­ued democ­racy in Nige­ria.



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