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HOW OGUN BECAME  NUMBER 1 THEATER  STATE IN NIGERIA
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HOW OGUN BECAME NUMBER 1 THEATER STATE IN NIGERIA

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It is unarguable that Lagos State has always been the center of excellence for not just acting alone but for entertainment in Nigeria as whole. The state always has an edge over others, especially in the Yoruba movie industry.

 

This is because it is believed that all the needed support to excel in the acting world is available in Lagos. Before civilization was brought to Nigeria, the National Theater was always at hand with thousands of fans on board to witness stage play emanating from the stable of the pioneers of the industry. The likes of late Hubert Ogunde and co sometimes visited villages across the western Nigeria to display what they have in stock on stage.

 

After big names like Ogunde, Duro Ladipo, Doyin Adejobi, Baba Osunmare and co-joined their ancestors, the likes of Yinka Quadri, Taiwo Hassan and Abbey Lanre raised the bar with their Odunifa School of Performing Art, which was the biggest and number one theater school for Yoruba movie practitioners in Nigeria.

 

The school has produced the likes of Funke Akindele, Fathia Balogun, Iyabo Ojo, and many others. But all these became history when the movie practitioners in the capital of Ogun State, Abeokuta led by Hammed Alasari buckled up by churning out interesting and very mysterious movies like Iru Eshin, Ololade Mr Money, Abela Pupa, Omode De and more. The state hijacked the leadership from Lagos, and they were considered as number one not until 2010 when Alasari kicked the bucket.

 

The state couldn’t retain their leadership. They were not well coordinated and the productions coming from the state lacked quality. This gave the movie practitioners in Oyo State, precisely in Ibadan the opportunity to takeover. The likes of Femi Adebayo, Muyiwa Ademola, Okunu, Ibrahim Chatta, Rose Odika, Ojopagogo, Sharafadeen Olabode were not resting on their oars with their blockbuster flicks. The state took the number one position for long until the Association of Nigeria Theater Arts Practitioners {ANTP}crashed and the aggrieved members aligned and formed another union called TAMPAN.

 

A year after, the new association held it’s first convention at governor Abdulaih Abdulfatai’s State, Kwara where Lagos state reclaimed their leadership as they won the best stage play and the state was the next to host the 2nd convention which was held at Muson Center and National Theater Iganmu, Lagos, recently.

 

At the 3 days event, Ogun state came from behind to show the world they are the best in stage performance. There was a task put before every participating state by the Planning Committee of the 2017 TAMPAN convention. Almost 16 states were asked to perform a stage play at the National Theater and Ogun State emerged number one. Oyo State came second, while Osun State came third.

 

This is how the state retrieved their acting leadership. The Governor Ibikunle Amosun’ state is expected to host 3rd TAMPAN convention come November 2018.

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