Day The OAU stopped for the 3rd reading of the national theater

For about three hours, the Oduduwa Hall at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, rang with theatrical performances and intellectual speeches as the 3rd edition of the National Theater Public Reading Series took place there penultimate Saturday.

Organized by the National Theater of Nigeria in conjunction with Obafemi Awolowo University, the Play Reading which featured ‘Where Three Roads Meet’, a play written by a 200 level student in the university’s drama department, Testimony Jesutofunmi , brought together scholars, cultural administrators, lecturers and students from within and outside the university communities, including OAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Director General/CEO of the National Theater of Nigeria, Professor Sunnie Ododo; The Chairman of the Committee of Deans, Professor Sowande; the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Oyeniyi Okunoye, who was represented by the Vice Dean, Dr Amusa; Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Flour; the former artistic director of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Dr. Akin Adejuwon; Head, Department of Dramatic Arts, OAU, Dr Bayo Afolabi.

Before the play was read, there were performances by the Esin Oye Show Troupe and students from the Fikayo School Group, Olokun Quarters, Igboya, Ile-Ife, respectively.

The play, “Where Three Roads Meet”, is, according to the writer, Jesutofunmi, inspired by the need to preach against cessation, and to show that unity and patriotism are essential to solving Nigeria’s dilemma, and that dividing the country is not the best option to solve the problem of Nigeria.

The reading of the play was divided into two parts, the first part was performed by Prof. Ogunbodede, Prof. Ododo and other dignitaries, which drew a standing ovation from the audience, while the arts students drama, OUA, participated in the second part of the reading.

Earlier in his address, Professor Sunnie Ododo noted that the quarterly National Theater Reading “aims to give aspiring writers and human rights writers opportunities for national and possibly international exposure through the National Theatre’s series of publications. national theatre, after the plays that have been read publicly are finally performed on stage and then published. It is also designed to give more mobility and visibility to the iconic building by bringing it closer to the people for whom it was built at home. ‘origin.

“In this regard, we took the second edition of this game reading to Nasarawa State University where it was part of the school’s convocation ceremony in March this year after the inaugural edition in the Queen Amina Garden of the National Theater of Lagos. In this third edition which has brought us here, we read the play Where Three Roads Meet; indeed, three roads – Lagos, Nasarawa and Osun – meet today.

He added that just as the 2nd National Drama Reading was part of the Nasarawa State University Convocation Ceremony, “Today’s Drama Reading is part of the baton-changing activities at the head of this most famous citadel of learning. I am very pleased that our coin selection committee has found the works of a 200 level student who has been enrolled by you, Mr. Vice-Chancellor, worthy of ‘a public reading by the oyster of culture in Nigeria, the National Theatre. The creator of the play, Where Three Roads Meet Testimony Jesutofunmi) is indeed a creator in that he brought to life a new synthesis of experiences through his thoughts and feelings.We found his work to be more than superficial titillation that is fleeting because his piece is already growing in the form that it is, but we are here to make it better. Now we have to animate the pa roles he wrote that must be played, seen and heard for a full experience of the play.

“We ask for your help to better highlight the verbal, visual and sound elements of this piece; we call for a constructive deconstruction of the text as it currently stands so that it might better quicken the pulse of those who would read and watch the play later. Let’s encourage this incubator of budding talent through this experience.

He expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the University under Prof. Ogunbodede “for allowing us to transfer the National Theater for this play reading which we hope is the beginning of mutually rewarding collaborations between our two institutions; and also, for making us part of your swang song after your meritorious and exemplary leadership. You have raised the bar, set the standard higher, and redefined excellence in schorlaship and leadership.

“In the same breath, allow me also to deeply thank our readers for agreeing to be part of this experience to bring the words to life, thicken the suspense with their elocutions and stimulate our imaginations from the text created by our playwright. “

The Dean of the OAU Faculty of Arts, Prof. Oyeniyi Okunoye, in his address read by the Vice Dean, Dr. Amusa, noted that Prof. Ododo is not only a renowned professor of performative aesthetics and of Theater Technology, but also a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters – the highest professional body of humanist scholars in Nigeria. “It is therefore not surprising that the National Theater of Nigeria is doing remarkably well under the leadership of a consummate administrator and a seasoned scholar of the stature of Professor Ododo.

“I commend the National Theater of Nigeria for the great initiative of the National Theater Annual Public Reading Series and also for doing us well in promoting Nigerian popular culture across the world. The National Theater of Nigeria is undoubtedly one of the most visible, visionary and outstanding agencies of the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture. Please keep the flag flying and keep the fire burning – there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“I also congratulate the Drama Department of our Great Faculty for hosting this edition of the National Theater Public Reading Series which I believe is the 3rd edition. I would like to give special congratulations to the testimony Jesutofunmi, a student of part 11 of our drama department, who is the author of the literary masterpiece that will be read publicly on this occasion today.

Recognition of the testimony here today is a confirmation that our university is not only the finest university campus on the African continent, but also a center of excellence in academic, literary and cultural achievement. I therefore rejoice with the staff, students and alumni of the Great Ife Drama Department. You will agree with me that this Department is a place where literary and dramatic icons are formed and made.

“The Faculty is grateful to the outgoing and incoming Vice-Chancellors of the University for their ongoing support.”

Moreover, in his address, Dr. Afolabi described the National Theater Public Reading Series as an ingenious way to develop the theatrical profession nationwide, adding that reading plays is a very important aspect of the production of plays.
Highlights of the event also include the presentation of the leadership award to Professor Ogunbodede and the presentation of certificates and plaques to playwright Jesutofunmi. A

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