‘Jagagba‘, an award-winning play by Beeta Playwrights Competition, is billed to hold on July 19, July 20 and July 21, 2019, respectively, at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Starring Kunle Coker, Mawuyon Ogun, Bamike Olawunmi “BamBam”, Ese Lami George, Olarotimi Fakunle, Eden Attai and Kelvinmary Ndukwe, ‘Jagagba’ captures the conflict of a traditional society with interplays of political metaphors and social contradictions.
The play explores the quandary familial ties, the complexity of policy iteration and the perceived gap between evolving cultures including relevant social issues such as the societal value of women, female inclusion, security, and co-existence.
The play is an outcome of the Beeta Playwrights Competition national call-outs for play entries in August 2018. After five weeks and 348 entries received from 30 states, a panel of six judges, led by the former Director General of the National Theatre, Prof. Ahmed Yerima, selected 10 finalists. All 10 finalists attended a one-day playwriting workshop by Yerima, which was followed by the grand finale with Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim’s play, ‘Jagagba’, emerging the winner.
After a one million Naira prize and a publishing deal, Abdul-Qudus’ play is set to hit the stage.
Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim is a native of Kogi State with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from Covenant University.
“I can’t believe this is happening for me,” said an excited Abdul-Qudus.
This is the second edition of the Beeta Playwright Competition (BPC) owned by Bikiya-Graham Douglas’s Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF). Bikiya, who is also the producer of the play, created the foundation based on her love for the performing arts and as an avenue to create opportunities for young people to develop their talent and tell original Nigerian stories.
“I’m so pleased I get to produce this amazing play by @qudusib the cast and crew have been so generous with their talent, time and I’m humbled by their commitment and sacrifice, #JAGAGBA is coming,” says Bikiya
‘Fake liars’ Nollywood movie trailer
Genevieve Nnaji features in Agbaje’s film, ‘Farming’
‘Farming’ is based on the life story of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who grew up as a young fostered Nigerian boy that struggled to find an identity in 1980’s England.
The movie is his directorial debut and features international stars Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Jaime Winstone, Genevieve Nnaji, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
It received its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and its trailer is now released by the producers.
The plot of ‘Farming’ follows the intriguing story of young Enitan (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who was adopted by a foster British mother (Kate Beckinsale) as he struggled to cope with the harsh realities of racism at the time.
In a scene, the young Enitan tried washing off his skin color after he was ridiculed for being too black by his adopted mum’s friends.
He went as far as painting himself white just to look and feel white and suffered several humiliations, but gradually falls deep into the bullish gang’s clique to become one of them.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK.
He is famous for his roles as Simon Adebisi on Oz, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.
He also played Mr. Eko on Lost, Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion.
When Akinnuoye-Agbaje was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury.
It was a common practice then among Nigerian families when parents sent young children to live in the UK with white foster parents in the hopes their children would have better lives.
At 8, his biological parents brought him back to Nigeria but, as he was unable to speak the Yoruba Language and forbidden by his parents to speak English, and was returned to Tilbury.
The brief exposure to Nigeria left him struggling to reconcile his heritage with the distinctly British culture and the environment he was raised in.
As a young boy, facing a cultural identity crisis, he joined a local skinhead gang in order to escape racial persecution at their hands until he came to terms with his background, turning his life around.
Nafeesat sets to direct her first Kennywood movie
A Kannywood actress, Nafeesat Abdullahi, has announced that she will be directing a movie for the first time.
“All your prayers are needed. I will be putting the director’s cap for the first time,” she said.
Under her label, ‘Nafs Production’, she will be directing the new film titled, Zainab Ali.
Nafeesat is an actress widely acknowledged for her ability to fit into different roles in movies.