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April 23, 2024

Play on Nnamdi Azikiwe to be staged April 9, 10

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By Ephraims Sheyin

A play, Zik, which depicts the life and times of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first President, is to be staged in Lagos on April 9 and 10.

The play is produced by Duke of Shomolu Foundation, a Lagos-based theatrical plays producing outfit that specialises in historical plays.

Mr Joseph Edgar, Chairman, Duke of Shomolu Foundation, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, said the play would be seen by over one million people globally.

“The play will be staged in six shows in Lagos and will tour Awka, Enugu and Abuja,” the statement said.

Edgar described the play as “the biggest ever stage play in Africa”, adding that the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, would attend the show in Lagos.

Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe

Also expected at the show are Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Azikiwe’s family members including Amb. Emeka Azikiwe, Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Uwakwe Azikiwe and Molokwu Azikiwe.

He said that Achebe, in a letter he personnally signed, confirmed his attendance of the play.

NAN reports that the Duke of Shomolu Foundation has emerged one of Nigeria’s prolific theatre production outfits, churning out plays that showcase the lives of historical Nigerian figures.

Azikiwe is the latest in a long line of subjects that include Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, deposed Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido, among others.

Zik is written and directed by Dr Ikechukwu Erojikwe and produced on behalf of The Duke of Shomolu Foundation by Mofoluwake Edgar, Emeka Agwu- Oju, and Olisa Adibua. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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