FUOYE Theatre Arts students storm OAU Ile-Ife

 

The Department of Theatre and Media Arts, FUOYE, recently staged a drama performance at Pit Theatre Auditorium, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile –Ife. The about 500-capacity auditorium was filled up with no more seats left. Yet people were prepared to stand and watch the young drama wizards from Federal University, Oye-Ekiti occupy the stage. The Department of Theatre and Media Arts, FUOYE is only three years old, yet it has shown all the signs of being one of the best theatre arts departments in Nigerian universities.

Students and members of staff trooped in en mass to watch the exciting drama on stage entitled ‘Langbodo’, directed by Professor Rasaki Bakare. It was an English version and drama adaptation of D.O. Fagunwa’s book, Ogbo ju ninu Igbo Irumale, originally written in Yoruba Language.

The students displayed their dramatic prowess as they arrested the audience in their unique way, each handling his role in that offhand natural manner that suggested mastery. The audience was captivated while one could feel the wave of emotions sweeping across the entire auditorium as people got wrapped in the flow of the events of the drama.

The play was an allegory of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria and the grave problems they faced. Search for solution to these problems brought them together. Before that, violence, crisis and murder of innocent souls were the order of the day because they forgot the instructions given by the wise one. The solution (a symbol) which they were searching for was love, peace, tolerance and unity among one another.

The drama ‘Langbodo’ demonstrated the image of a nation full of unpatriotic activities such as bad leadership, corruption, nepotism and self-centeredness’, with leaders who had nothing to offer towards the  development and progress of the country than to enslave, amass wealth  and mortgage the resources of generations yet unborn.

According to the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the drama, Professor R. Bakare, the drama was appropriate for the centenary celebrations of the country in which it was hoped that 100 years of co-existence would have brought the composing groups unity and singleness of purpose so as to move the country forward.

The audience hailed the actors and actresses for such a wonderful stage performance.

-      Report by Arise Olaiya.

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