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Exposed! How National Theater Billed Duro Ladipo’s Family To Stage His 40th Remembrance in Lagos

Exposed! How National Theater Billed Duro Ladipo’s Family To Stage His 40th Remembrance in Lagos

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The 40th remembrance of the late theater legend, Duro Ladipo has indeed gone, but what forever will be in the minds of the lovers of arts, is the history the event left behind. The occasion was held sometimes in March 2018 in major cities across the south west Nigeria, including Osun, Oyo and Lagos States.

 

The latest gist about the event right now, is how the management of the National Theater, Iganmu, Lagos allegedly billed the family before they could make use of one of the theater halls, for the showing of Ajagun Nla, one of the stage plays written by the late actor, which was used for the celebration.

 

According to Yorubamoviegist.com’s sources, the said management allegedly took a sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira {N700,000} from the organizers of the event before the doors to the hall could be opened for them to use. The moves, made by the both parties are not bad but the news aftermath from the lovers of arts is very disheartening.

 

According to them, it is a nice idea to bill people before having their events at the National Theater but not for someone like late Duro Ladipo, who was in his life time, served and won several international awards for a country like Nigeria.

For your information, He was one of the best known and critically acclaimed Yoruba dramatists who emerged from postcolonial Africa. Writing solely in the Yoruba language, he captivated the symbolic spirit of Yoruba mythologies in his plays, which were later adapted to other media such as photography, television and cinema. His most famous play, Oba Ko So (The King did not Hang), a dramatization of the traditional Yoruba story of how Sango became the Orisha of Thunder, received international acclaim at the first Commonwealth Arts Festival in 1965 and on an European tour, where a Berlin critic, Uli Beier, compared Ladipo to Karajan.

 

Ladipo tried hard and succeeded in exposing himself to traditional and Yoruba cultural elements, especially when living under the veil of a Christian home. Throughout his career, Duro wrote ten Yoruba folk operas combining dance, music, mime, proverbs, drumming and praise songs.

He also promoted Moremi, a play about the Yoruba ancestress of the same name. He later transformed his group, Mbari Mbayo into a cultural center, an arts gallery and a meeting point for young artists seeking to develop their talents. Duro Ladipo, wrote quite a number of plays, such as Suru Baba Iwa” and “Tanimowo Iku.” Some of his plays were also produced for television. In fact, he created Bode Wasinmi for the Nigerian Television Authority, Ibadan. In 1977, Duro Ladipo participated in Festac ’77, second world Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture, in Lagos, Nigeria.

For a man of such repute, it is believed that he should be celebrated not just by his family but by the government of his country and also cultural related entities, such as the National Theater.

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