… Honours Widow With Special Sitting
By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has said it will take possible steps to support Yoruba legendary actress, Chief Mrs. Caroline Duro-Ladipo owing to her contributions to humanity through film production.
The Assembly said the veteran thespian deserves to be given National recognition and honor to appreciate her immense contributions to the development and promotion of Yoruba Arts and Culture, especially Yoruba plays.
The House stated this at a Special Plenary session held in honor of the Octogenarian who was the wife of the late Yoruba theatre Icon, Chief Duro-Ladipo.
The Legislators who showered encomiums on Chief Mrs. Duro-Ladipo known popularly known as Oya or Moremi, and her late husband, recalled some of the evergreen Yoruba drama of the couple which they said enlightened exposed and projected Yoruba culture and language well to the international community.
They also rendered some of the soundtracks of the popular drama of the songs of Mama Duro-Ladipo in some of the plays at the special session.
The House of Assembly also promised to support Duro-Ladipo Foundation and some of the plays of Mama as a way of celebrating, appreciating, and honoring the Actress while she is still alive.
Presiding, the Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin said the Special plenary session was to designed honor and acknowledge the epic work of the living theater legend who represents true culture and tradition of Yoruba.
“We are happy to associate with you. You are one of the trail blazers in the theater industry in Nigeria. We will continue to appreciate you as a successful Yoruba dramatist who carved a niche for herself in the art of acting.” Hon Ogundoyin said
Other Lawmakers who spoke at the Special Sitting including the Chairman House Committee on Culture and Tourism,Hon Isiaka Kazeem Tunde (Oyo East/West), Hon Olatunde Kehinde (Akinyele 2) and Hon Kazeem Olayanju (Irepo/Olohunsogo) said the theater profession in Nigeria owed a lot to the likes of Late Chief Duro-Ladipo and his wife, Late Chief Hubert Ogunde , AdeLove and so on who hailed from the South West region of Nigeria.
According to them, notable Yoruba works of the Duro-Ladipos like Oba ko so, Oba Waja, and other films like Ajani Ogun, Ija Ominira, Aropin ni teniyan, Ayanmo, Ija Origin among others showcased the Yoruba rich cultural heritage and mythology.
Other Lawmakers Hon Oluwafemi Oluwafowokanmi (Ibadan South West 2), Hon Fola Oyekunle (Ibadan North 1) and Hon Olawumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North) who called on the present day Yoruba actors and actresses to produce films of high quality and good story line like the legendary plays of the Duro-Ladipos, urged the Federal Government to recognize Mama’s contributions to the work of Arts.
One of the Guests at the Special sitting, Oloye Lekan Alabi said it was thoughtful and timely of the Oyo State House of Assembly to honor Mama Duro-Ladipo while still living.
Oloye Lekan Alabi explained that it was not a fluke that the famous Oba ko so play (The King did not hang) of Late Chief Duro-Ladipo won the Commonwealth Arts Festival in 1965 hence he commended the House of Assembly for the honor done to Mama Duro-Ladipo.
The Octogenarian appreciated the Oyo State House of Assembly and stressed that appreciating people who excelled in their chosen career was necessary to encourage others to give their best to their profession.
She said the theater was not money-spinning and not all comers affairs in the early 60s and 70s , and urged the Oyo State House of Assembly and the State Government to support some of her plays yet to be released.
She sang few songs from some of the legendary plays to the admiration of the Lawmakers and other guests who attended the Special plenary session.
It would be recalled that Chief Abiodun Duro-Ladipo celebrated her eighty years birthday in December, 2020.