UNILAG In-Town Debuts In Grand Style

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The ‘UNILAG in Town’ project debuted last Saturday, with a stage drama titled: “Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” by students of the University’s Creative Arts Department, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The ‘UNILAG in Town’ is an initiative of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, aimed at showcasing the creative talents and outputs of students and staff of the University.

Produced by the Chairman, of UNILAG Culture and Ethics Committee, Dr. Seyi Kehinde and directed by Dr. Felix Emoruwa, the stage play written by Femi Osofisan tells a tale of a test of kindness, compassion, greed, conspiracy, corruption and triumph of good over evil.

The performance held in 2 sessions, was sponsored by Parallex Bank.

It also featured a special appearance by popular comedian and alumnus of the UNILAG Creative Arts Department, Samuel Perry popularly known as Broda Shaggi.

While welcoming the array of stakeholders among whom were the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, University of Lagos, Senator Dr. Lanre Tejuoso, guests as well as friends of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, described “UNILAG in Town” as a project borne out of the desire to bring activities from the academic community closer to people.

She said the stage performance of “Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” which kickstarts the “UNILAG in Town” movement is aimed at reigniting and promoting the love for culture, moral rebirth and upholding indigenous virtues while telling native African stories.

Prof. Ogunsola identified stage performances as a unique tool for entertainment, raising awareness on societal ills as well as teaching morals, especially to young people and children.

She expressed deep concerns over the prevalent craving and preference for materialism at the expense of humanity, one which she said can only be addressed through moral re-orientation, part of which UNILAG in Town will help to achieve in the long run.

“Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” was showcased earlier in January 2023 at the University’s Main Auditorium, as part of activities to commemorate the “UNILAG @ 60” Convocation Ceremonies.

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