- As Osinbajo, Gbajabiamila, Ex-Govs, Family Honour Awo
- Governor Urges Theatre Practitioners to Bring More Historical Performance to Lagos
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state is prospering richly because of the prophetic utterances of the late sage and Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
He made the statement on Sunday evening after watching a stage musical drama performance titled ‘Awo: The Man, His Jewel And…’ produced by The Duke of Shomolu, a theatre company run by Joseph Edgar.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the uniqueness in what was presented in “Awo: The Man, His Jewel And…” was bringing back memory of Ibeju-Lekki where Awolowo was incarcerated and the blessing the Premier of the Western Region showered on the community, which had come to reality.
The play “Awo: The Man, His Jewel And…” which took place at Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Island, showcased the political life and times of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his wife, late Chief (Mrs) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, who the late sage himself described as a ‘Jewel of inestimable value.’
The play was directed by renowned director, Makinde Adeniran.
Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo led other prominent Nigerians, including Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor Sanwo-Olu; Osinbajo’s wife, Dolapo; former governors of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Awolowo’s grandchildren, Segun and his mother, Mrs. Abah Zainab Folawiyo; Prof. Bankole Oyediran, the husband of Awolowo’s late daughter, Mrs. Omotola Oyediran, among others to accord honour to Chief Awolowo and his wife.
Speaking at the event, Gbajabiamila gave kudos to the producer, Edgar, saying what he saw with the presentation was “immortality.”
The Speaker, while noting that it was common to have people who had passed being brought alive through books, drama and others, and not really through music, declared that the takeaway he had of the Awolowo from the presentation was that “once upon all the time, there was a man,” and not the common saying of once upon a time, there was a man.
Governor Sanwo-Olu in his address said one of the lessons and take aways from the theatre is the story about Lagos and more importantly the story about Ibeju-Lekki, where Awolowo was incarcerated for many months.
Speaking on the importance of the ‘Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…’ to Nigerians, especially the younger generations, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the play showcased those who stood their grounds and brought the conversation about a united Nigeria to the front burner.
He said: “This story is also important, especially for the younger generation who wouldn’t have the opportunity to understand and reflect back on what life was like in the days of Awolowo, our fathers and grandfathers.
“It is very easy for us to push history behind, but this play has told us about those who stood their grounds in the conversation for Nigeria.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu said he was excited to see the past glory of Glover Memorial Hall being brought back.
He also expressed his appreciation to the Director of Duke of Somolu Production, Joseph Edgar, for bringing entertainment back to Lagos.
The governor further urged theatre practitioners to bring more historical performance to Lagos Theatres.