For Lagosians who love stage plays, tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day promises to be a special one as Yeepa Solarin n Bo, a translation of Femi Osofisan’s Who is Afraid of Solarin!, will be performed.
The drama produced by Mufu Onifade, on the platform of his Ara Studio Production, will be on stage at the National Theatre on Wednesday, while it will move to the Muson Centre on Sunday.
In the 30-man cast are Wale Macaulay, Taiwo Ibikunle, Fatai Adetayo (Lalude), Yinka Davies, Feyikemi Taiwo and Sunday Afolabi. It is directed by Segun Adefila.
On the essence of the show, Onifade noted that the theme of the play, which is war against corruption, mixed well with the pulse of the nation. According to him, the fun it offers, especially as it is a comedy, is also good for the love season that many people are celebrating.
He said, “We want people to enjoy the Valentine’s Day in a meaningful way. This is not about going to a club and dancing your time away, it is about sitting down to learn something that you can take away. Something that can inspire your life, that will inspire you to contribute your own quota to the new Nigeria that we are all aspiring for; a Nigeria where corruption is no longer an issue, a Nigeria where I can look at the governance of the country and be happy and content; a Nigeria where everyone has equality that guarantees justice and all that. That is what the play is all about, and that is the message that we are pushing across to people.”
He added that the performance would also honour the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams.