BRT buses and the national question 1



Some days back, I went to the pharmacist to buy actifed and was told that it was sold out only for me to enter a brt bus yesterday to realize why the actifed was “really” sold out.
Of course it would be, when our brt buses look like this. Sanitation level is ZERO!. Lagosians who happen to stand or sit on these vehicles are prone to cattarh and cough everyday, after getting down from these buses. For the Dettol Adverts and Life Buoy Adverts out there, this is a good medium for all your adverts, as you do not need to disturb your creative team to come up with concepts.
Though some BRT buses are still neat, but it is just a matter of time for the buses to degenerate to this dirty state.
People in charge of these BRT buses should please help in “SANITIZING” them, in order to make Lagos a better place to live in health wise.





The Creative Arts Department, University of Lagos is set to get the academic environment bubbling again with its annual carnival which features different afri-carribbean countries,but has decided to give it a new face by adding more countries in continuation of  her golden jubilee celebration on the 20th September, 2012 at the main campus in Akoka in front of the Senate building

The students of the Department of Creative Arts and other students accross faculties under the coordination of Mr. Onyekaba Cornelius would enact the culture and carnival and styles of Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, China and India. The  event will also feature the students of Theatre and Music LASU as well as a live band and other side attractions and would be concluded with a  fire work to signal the end of the 2011/2012 academic session.

Unilag prides itself as the only University in Nigeria to have developed a robust carnioval culture since 2005 and the Unilag @ 50 World Carnival promises to be a memorable event.





The ‘Performing Arts Workshop and Studios’ (PAWS); one of the foremost and reputable theatre company dedicated to the development of talent in performing arts has once again broken records with the performance of Wole Soyinka’s award winning play ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ which was staged on 22nd July and 29th July 2012 at Terra Kulture. This performance also marks the end of ‘A Harvest with Soyinka’; a celebration of Drama sketches and play of the Nobel Laureate, which includes ‘Home to Roost’, ‘Obstacle Race’, ‘Press Conference’, ‘Priority Project’, ‘Symbolic Peace  Symbolic Gift’ and ‘Childe Internationale’ which was also staged in the first three weeks in July 2012.


The impact of colonialism by the Whites on Africans was brought to the audience awareness in ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’. Soyinka in this play tries to look at how both cultures find it hard to understand the belief systems of the other and also how the District Officer of the province; Simon Pilking whom is regarded to have come from a more ‘civilized’ culture stops the Eleshin Oba from fulfilling his destiny which is to commit suicide in order to accompany the dead king to the heaven as made clear by Joseph to the Pilkings’ who regards it as a ‘barbaric’ custom. This brings about tragic circumstances in the land as the ‘young shoot’ (Olunde) sacrifices himself for the land instead of the ‘parent stalk’ (Eleshin) who is saddled with the responsibility. The intellectual thrust of this play can be found in Soyinka’s essay; ‘The Fourth Stage: Through The Mysteries of Ogun to the Origin of Yoruba Tragedy’ which is an analysis of the Yoruba concept of tragedy.


The production process according to the director was a stressful and challenging one due to the performance history of the play and the fact that it is the play that won the writer a Nobel prize for Literature n 1986, which automatically makes it dear to him. According to the director, first week of rehearsals was dedicated to reading and analysis of the play by members of cast and crew in order to understand the playwright’s intention and not pursue the play from the angle of ‘Culture Clash’ which the playwright frowns at, but from the point of ‘Duty’ from the Western Culture and Traditional Culture, which was brought to realization by thrilling performances from principal characters in the play: Eleshin Oba (Patrick Diabuah), Praise Singer (Kenneth Uphopho), Iyaloja (Temitope Omobolanle Haastrup-Atitebi), Simon Pilkings (Seun Kentebe), Jane Pilkings (Adeola Shinaba), Olunde (Austin Onuoha) and Amusa (Omololu Shodiya)


The play received a standing ovation during the performance on the 22nd and 29th July and according to some member of the audience, the play has never been performed to the point of understanding due to the elevated and poetic language of the play which makes it pretty difficult to comprehend with. Some also appraise the director for having stage the play with 21cast which has never been done before owing to the large cast in the play.


The production company over the past 4months has staged plays by writers of great repute which includes; ‘Oh! How Dearly I Detest Thee’ by Jeanne Libondo in April 2012, ‘Rubiewe’ an adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in May 2012, and ‘Midnight Blackout’ by Femi Osofisan in June 2012, all directed by one of the most talented directors in the Nigerian theatre industry; Kenneth Uphopho and stage managed by Ibukun Fasunhan. According to the Associate Producer; Brenda Uphopho, the theatre company will be going on a recess to be back on October 2012 with a repeat of ‘Rubiewe’ an adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which is being brought back on stage by popular demand.



Eleshin Oba – Patrick Diabuah

Praise Singer – Kenneth Uphopho

Iyaloja – Temitope Omobolanle Haastrup-Atitebi

Simon Pilkings – Seun Kentebe

Jane Pilkings – Adeola Shinaba

Olunde – Austin Onuoha

Amusa – Omololu Shodiya

Joseph – Ibukun Fasunhan

Resident – Emmanuel Nlemadim

Aide-de-camp – Fabian Alozie

Bride – Temiloluwa Paul

Girls – Uvie Egbejuma, Ayobami Joseph

Women – Adewunmi Omowunmi, Esther Umeonwujiobi, Adenike Idika, Ijeoma Onyemaechi, Michelle Ekure

Guards – Olatubosun Igbasanmi, Olatunji Odufuwa

Singer/Chants – Folashade Orobiyi

Drummers – Taiwo Adesoji, Ojo Victor



Associate Producer – Brenda Uphopho

Technical/Set and Logistics – Ikenna Jude Okpala

Lights – One House Lighting Crew

Props – Olatunji Odufuwa

Stage Manager – Ibukun Fasunhan

Director – Kenneth Uphopho.






The much awaited official trailer of the blockbuster film ‘AWAKENING’ directed by  one  of the most talented directors; JAMES OMOKWE and ETHAN OKWARA is due out in November 2012. ‘AWAKENING’. The film is produced by THERESA ANANENU and written by David Ahanmisi and James Omokwe. Starring – OC UKEJE, KEHINDE BANKOLE,  BRYAN OKWARA,  FEMI BRAINARD,  ADEWALE AROLOYE.



When the contents of a box kept for centuries is opened, a series of events begin to unfold. Nicholas, a young advertising agent suddenly begins to have dreams that eventually become premonitions of death. In a bid to unravel the mystery he meets an ambitious journalist whose thirst for adventure leads them on a path to an unimaginable past and their futures are inextricably changed forever when they uncover the truth about a curse and the existence of an immortal tribe


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Studio 84 will be giving out prizes for watching the trailer. Follow @awakeningmovie on twitter, to answer questions in which raffle draw will be done and you stand a chance of winning 1 month free BIS and N3000 credit.


Click on the link below for the mobile download of the trailer.

And don’t forget to check out this blog in three weeks time for the main trailer and for more info on the film release.


How Unilag’s Vice Chancellor; Prof. Babatunde Sofoluwe died.

Prof. Babatunde Sofoluwe passed on, in the early hours of Saturday May 12, 2012. According to hospital sources, he suffered a heart attack while in his office at the Department of Computer Science, but managed to call his doctor from the medical centre who came to his rescue and brought him to the medical centre in an ambulance and subsequently transferred him to LUTH where he was diagnosed as having Myocardial Infarction
He was resuscitated before being transferred to the High Dependency Unit in Ward E8 of LUTH. Unfortunately, he suffered a second Heart Attack and all efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Post motem examination has since been carried out and this has confirmed the cause of the death to be of Cardiac origin.
The University community has therefore declared three days; Monday May 14th to Wednesday May 16th to mourn the late VC. These days are lecture free days for the three campuses; Yaba, Akoka and Idi Araba. Including ISL and Staff School

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