February 2016 in Lagos has ushered in a season of theatre, and brings to you Lànké Òmu, a stage re-adaptation of the 1963 classic opera, The Palmwine Drinkard: Òmùtí by the versatile actor and renowned practitioner of the Yoruba folk-opera, Kólá Ògúnmólá who adapted it from Amos Tutùolá’s novel, The Palmwine Drinkard.

The Palmwine Drinkard: Òmùtí was premiered in Nigeria at the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan in April 1963. At birth, the drama was not only expressive of a dominant theatrical style which had become a force and a definitive icon of Nigeria’s post-colonial opera but it also joined other Yoruba operatic experiments on the formal stage such as Ọba Kòso and Ọbalúayé to register the adaptive and experimental spirit of the theatre practitioners at the time. With the success of The Palmwine Drinkard: Òmùtí, Kólá Ògúnmólá is widely credited with pioneering the adaptation of novels to stage in Nigeria.

Ségun Adéfilá stars in this new operatic drama, Lànké Òmu, produced by Túndé Kèlání, re-adapted and directed by Túndé Awósanmí and choreographed by Dayò Lìádí. Multi-talented Jìmí Sólànké as narrator takes us through this exciting journey with Lànké and his palm wine loving friends.

Episode 1 is now live on

Emu, emu, e jẹ́ ká m’emu àmukára…




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