The Spirit of Lagos: The Lagos@50 Celebration
Lagos@50 presents The Spirit of Lagos, a drama written by Akinwunmi Ishola and directed by Sola Fosudo (Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University, at the Cinema Hall II, National Theatre, which is currently ongoing till May 23, 2017.
The Spirit of Lagos is a metaphor that captures the power struggles between the old colonial administration in Lagos and the royal institution. It reveals the old accommodating spirit of Lagos without losing sight of its origin, history and commitment to tradition. Oba Esugbayi is resolute, at all costs, to uphold his people’s traditional heritage and protect his subjects from the autocratic and draconian colonial imposition of water levy, women taxes and other obnoxious activities of Governor Clifford, the British Administrator of Lagos Colony aided by some native foreigners. Resolute Oba Esugbayi, supported by progressives like Macaulay, Eletu Odibo, Braimoh Igho, Egerton Shyngle, Ashogbon, the Ilu committee and the market women remains undaunted in the face of seeming insurmountable difficulties and threats from the powerful British Administrator.
The Department of Theatre Arts and Music was founded in the year 2001. The bachelor of arts Theatre Arts programme is an offshoot of the diploma in theatre, television and radio productions which was under the department of English. The success of the diploma programme under the department of English stimulated the creation of a full-fledged department of theatre arts and music.
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