The National President, National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) Mr Israel Eboh has emphasized on the need to create an avenue for youths to express themselves in the area of playwrights.
Speaking at the unveiling of “Akete” a Lagos -centric theatre festival that will birth new stars of great and creative young minds at Freedom Park in Lagos Mr Eboh said that it was vital to train the youths give them the opportunity to take threatre to another level.
He explained that “Akete” was designed as an art/theatre festival that aims to train and help the young practitioners to understand the value in process rather than exhibition and a Lagos centric theatre festival to honour theatre icons and reward young creative minds through playwright competitions.
Mr Eboh noted that ‘Akete’ Festival would align with the 2023 World Theater Day, coming up on March 2023 would boost the culture of Nigeria.
The Secretary General, NANTAP, Mr Makinde Adeniran said ‘Akete’ is designed to celebrate Lagos, its illustrious sons and daughters as well as new emerging talents in the area of ” Playwrights”
He said that when playwright was advertised about Lagos, they received 69 entries from across Nigeria and diaspora and three persons emerged winners and the plays will be published into books later.
“Lagos is one unending drama, we complain about everything but we do not leave. It is also design to celebrate new emerging talents,” he said.
“We are talking to Lagos ministry of education to help publish it and put it in their curriculum. It is to identify young people talent and inculcate their works into the theater,” Adeniran said.
The pioneer president of NANTAP, Mahmood Ali- Balogun said that with phones and other gadgets, youths has become nonchalant about their various cultures and emphasized on the need to bring them back to value culture and as well nurture new talents.
The Chief of Staff, National Theater, Steve Ogundele, represented the General Manager National Theater Professor. Sunday Ododo, who said there was a lot to gain in ‘Akete’ Festival pledged his support for the Festival.
High point of the event was the unveiling of the three playwriters who won ‘Akete’ competition and were awarded cash prizes as follows 1st prize, Paul Ugbede:N2 million naira; 2nd prize went to James Henshaw: N1million and 3rd prize winner, Olusegun Ajayi:N500,000.
And also the unveiling of face and ambassador of “”Akete ” Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett who explained that ideas create money citing examples with music, plays and others forms of arts.
She expressed delight in being honored as face and ambassador of ”’Akete :’which will kick off in March 2023 to mark World International Theater Day.