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Obasanjo, Sanusi, Awolowo shed tears watching our historical plays – Edgar

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Mr Joseph Edgar, Executive Chairman, Shomolu Productions Ltd, specialist in historical plays, has revealed why former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Emir Sanusi II and Segun Awolowo shed tears while watching the plays.

Others that have shed tears while watching the historical plays included Meena, a great grand daughter of Sir Ahmadu Bello, late Premier of Northern Region.

Among plays produced by the outfit are Awo, Emir Sanusi, Sardauna, Aremu and Emotan.

Edgar told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that Obasanjo climbed over to the stage and cried while watching the play “Aremu”.

The play, staged in Lagos, depicted the life and times of the former military head of state and civilian President of Nigeria.

“Obasanjo climbed the stage and cried; the story touched him, especially the role his mother played in his life.

“When he remembered his mother and the role she played in his life, he broke down and could not control the tears.”

Edgar said that the 14th Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, also cried while watching “Emir Sanusi”, a play that focused on his life, ascension to the throne, his removal, and life after he was deposed.

“Emir Sanusi cried because he saw his life in the eyes of others as the play relied heavily on the accounts of ‘Dogarai’ (palace guards).

“He felt that it was an extraordinary opportunity to be alive to witness people discussing what you did before your exit.

“Listening to his staff, especially palace guards, discussing his strengths and weaknesses, really touched the Emir.

“He also fell touched because Nigerians were honouring him in spite of his being dethroned,” Edgar explained.

He also spoke on why Segun Awolowo, grandson of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Premier of Western Region, cried when he watched “Awo”, a play on the late sage.

“Segun cried at the point his grand mother was being told of the road accident that claimed the life of his father, the senior Segun Awolowo, who was Awolowo’s first son.

“The senior Segun, a lawyer, was on his way to Lagos to defend his father of treasonable felony charges when he died in a road accident.

“Junior Segun was in the womb of his mother when the father died.

“The emotional story of the tragic loss of his father threw him into a spin and he broke down,” Edgar told NAN.

Edgar also spoke on Meena, great grand daughter of Ahmadu Bello, who held the title of Sardauna of Sokoto.

“Meena cried when she came face-to-face with the life of her famous great grand father being depicted in the play “Sardauna”, staged in Abuja.

“She was touched because it was the first time his life was played on stage and she could see what she had heard over the years.

“It was her first glimpse of her famous great grand father and she saw the play as another form of immortalising him.

“Meena was born in the 80s while Sardauna died in the 60s; she showed deep interest in the play and worked with us to see what happened to the great leader,” he said.

He said that his outfit’s focus on historical plays had yielded the desired result as they had made a “powerful impact” across all strata of the society.

“The plays have touched the leaders, followership, the youths, the old, the North and South.

“People keep seeking to participate and the theatres are always filled to the brim.

“As expected, the plays have become more expensive with ‘Emir Sanusi’ gulping close to N50 million.

“Discussants of the plays have always wondered why current Nigerian leaders have not been as good and patriotic as the past ones.

“While past leaders like Sardauna and Awolowo were committed to the general good, their successors have been busy amassing wealth.

“People have watched the plays and keep wondering where we got it wrong as a nation.

“The plays have continued to open eyes and stimulate debates. We find that very encouraging.

“The plays also unite the poor around their economic status, away from issues like religion, tribe or region. We view this ‘forced unity’ as a positive development,” he said.

He listed historical plays soon to be staged to include El-Kanemi, Ladi Kwali, Aminu Kano and Maitama Sule.

Others are Queen Amina, Sultan Attahiru, Tafawa Balewa, among others.

He said that the plays had unified Nigerians and shown that the people were one and believed in unity and cohesion of the country.

Edgar said he was always moved to tears when people come from U.S, UK and other far distances “just to watch my historical plays”.

“Some people learn Nigeria’s history from watching the historical plays. I feel encouraged when they tell me this,” he said.

Edgar said that the idea of staging historical plays was specially aimed at bridging the gab between Nigeria’s past and present to help youths to “understand and appreciate where we’re coming from”.

In December, the outfit plans an ambitious festival with four massive plays over three weekends in Lagos.

The plays are “Awo”, “Ufik Ibaan” – a play on the Ikot Abasi women’s revolt, and “Our Duke Has Gone Mad Again”, a satire.

Also to be staged is “Ogiame Erejuwa II”, a play on the late Olu of Warri, grandfather to the current Warri traditional ruler.

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Get Ready to Groove Kanwulia Releaaes ‘Amerikana’ Album and Lagos “Who’s That Girl Tour”?

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Get ready to groove, Lagos! The city’s music scene is about to get a volcanic shake-up as Nigerian-American sensation Kanwulia gears up for a musical adventure. With her official ‘Amerikana’ album release and the commencement of her “Who’s That Girl?” City tour this Easter, Kanwulia is set to light up the stage with her electrifying blend of Afrobeats, jazz, and pop rhythms and of course infectious energy.

Picture this: Kanwulia, the powerhouse artist who regularly shuttles between Nigeria and the United States, is gearing up to reconnect with her fans in Lagos in a big way. Armed with her revamped album and a whole lot of swagger, she’s ready to take her music to new levels and share this with her loyal fans, too!
The ‘Amerikana’ album release is strategic as it allows Kanwulia to treat her fans & friends to some anthems of empowerment and infectious dancefloor bangers that will have them moving and grooving to the pulsating beats. Alongside this album release, Kanwulia will be hitting the city streets for her “Amerikana- Who’s That Girl?” Lagos tour – a whirlwind journey through some of the city’s hottest entertainment spots. From intimate lounge performances to electrifying club shows, she’ll be showcasing her dynamic stage presence and undeniable talent as she connects with fans old and new.

Speaking about her upcoming tour, Kanwulia couldn’t hide her excitement. “Lagos holds a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to feel the energy of the city pulsating through me as I perform. I very much look forward to performing in Lagos one of the top global entertainment destinations, and I have to thank God and my management and agency Volkano & Inspiro Productions for making this happen! she exclaimed.

Kanwulia’s tour isn’t only about music—it’s also about empowerment and inspiration. As a Nigerian-American artist, she’s all about breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes. Through her music and her journey, she also hopes to inspire a new generation of artists to dream big and pursue their passions fearlessly.

So, as the countdown to Easter 2024 begins, all eyes are on Kanwulia as she prepares to storm the Lagos music scene. Get ready to be blown away, Lagos—Kanwulia is back, and she’s ready to take you on the ride of a lifetime. Get your dancing shoes ready because this is one musical adventure you won’t want to miss! Reach out for all things Kanwulia at www.kanwulia.com

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Chartered Institute Of Builders Honour Julius Berger, Director

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…… Seeks collaborations to eliminate quacks

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has been honoured with a corporate award of the Chartered Institute of Builders Nigeria, even as the Director, Administration of the foremost engineering construction company, Alhaji Zubairu Bayi, a distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Building (FNIOB), also bagged a professional leadership award during the event.

At the recently ended two-day event to mark the CIOB Nigeria Meet 2023 with the theme: Construction Industry Development Collaborations, Innovations and CIOB Capacity Building, the Group Head of CIOB Nigeria Hub, Builder Isiaka Adekunle Onabekun disclosed that being the first CIOB Meet, it was expedient for the organisers to recognise leaders in the industry, be they individuals or corporate. He added that, “…when leaders arise for the common good, challenges are surmounted, impossibilities give way to aspirations, possibilities, hopes, and good success for the future.” He further said, as “I look at this hall today, I am encouraged that the inspiring leaders are here.”

Saying that the CIOB Nigeria Hub was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC in 2019 with a view to contributing to the construction sector in accordance with international best practices, Onabekun added that CIOB Nigeria Meet 2023 is all about ensuring enduring working relationship with other existing institutions and regulators towards building construction integrity in the country.

On why the CIOB Nigeria is recognising Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, and a Director of the company, Builder Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, Fniob, amongst other industry professionals, Onabekun said, “Julius Berger commendably continues to be at the forefront of strong, stable and lasting building construction as an epitome of enduring professional integrity, technical confidence, reliability and excellence in the nation’s built environment. While commending Julius Berger for the company’s strict and noble adherence to high engineering standards and orderly compliance to international best practices in engineering construction, Builder Onabekun regretted that many technical building requirements are compromised by quacks in the industry. He said missing or compromised ethical values remains the major catalyst of serial incidence of building collapse in the country. Building projects, he lamented, are implemented by many quacks without recourse to construction stages approvals; and where such approvals are sought and obtained compliance remains controversial due to the ethical poverty of those meant to comply with approved and worthy standards.

Builder Onabekun urged senior professionals and leaders in the built environment to assist the CIOB Nigeria Hub’s determination to contribute its quota to the lifting of standards in building construction in the country. He further enjoined Julius Berger to continue with its historically established and worthy path of engineering construction excellence and lasting structural stability in the building industry in Nigeria.

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Yemi Alade’s Paris L’ Olympia concert tickets all sold out

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The award winning ‘Queen of Afrobeats’, Yemi Alade, said on Monday that all her Paris tour tickets for her concerts were sold out.

She made this known after holding her self themed concert in Paris, the French capital.

In a telephone interview, she said that the concerts in L’Olympia events in Paris and other venues was a huge success.

“My hugely successful concert, which was held at the prestigious venue L’Olympia hall, was a sold out. It had thousands of my fans in excited frenzy, singing my songs back to back.

“My second concert here witnessed tremendous success because our fans stood by us, supporting my craft and music all the way,” she said.

Yemi also disclosed her plans to perform in various countries before the end of the year.

“I am immensely grateful for the love from Paris and indeed the world over. Now that the Paris concert is done, the rest of the 2022 world tour moves to Montreal, Canada.

“I will also tour the rest of Africa which includes, Abidjan on Nov. 25 and then Uganda on Dec. 11.

“I am excited to announce these dates and I can’t wait to hit the stage and give my fans a show,” she said.

Yemi had returned to Paris after her first show in the city at the Le Trianon in 2017 as part of her successful European tour that year.

An excited Yemi thanked her fans in Paris for turning out in their numbers to be part of her second coming to the city of love.

Yemi continues to make giant strides in the global music industry; she is one of the top female musicians representing Nigeria and Africa on world stage.

Mama Africa’ or ‘King of Queens’ as she is widely known, also had other world famous acts like Maud Elka, Mo Eazy (Nigeria), Made in Paris, Bramsitoo among others on the line up of performers.

Yemi’s feat has reaffirmed her position as a mainstream sensation since winning the Peak talent show that brought her to limelight in 2009.

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