It was one of the most critically acclaimed shows in Lagos’ arts circuit in 2018. It was s popular with theatregoers that it had two show runs that year- a rarity in these parts. Now, ‘Legends, Kings and Kingdoms: the Musical’ is heading to the nation’s capital.
Sponsored by the MTN Foundation, the musical drama, put together by Seeing through the Arts and Declassical Arts & Entertainment will be showing at the Transcorp Hilton’s Congress Hall on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.
Co-directed by an alumnus of the MTN scholarship programme with MUSON for creative professionals, Ayo Ajayi, the 2018 show runs boasted such industry leading lights including Yinka Davies and Segun Adefila. Creative Director, Ayo Ajayi has announced that popular vocalist, Waje will be joining the cast in an expanded format of the show.
In the play, five African heroes: Nigeria’s Sango, Nana Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti in modern Ghana, Neferneferuaten Nefertiti of Egypt, Shaka, King of the Zulus in modern South Africa and Queen Amina of Zazzau in what is now northern Nigeria answer the call of a distressed priestess to save her people, ‘Modaland,’ from a common enemy – the Shadow. It explores themes of loyalty, love, honour and overcoming formidable odds.
In October and December 2018, Legends the Musical saw dazzling colour displays, soaring music performances, elaborate stage choreography and a daring story that seamlessly weaves African history with contemporary social media interactions. In 2019, the show has already done a third run at the MUSON Centre in Lagos and showed in Bonny, Rivers State.
Legends the Musical is sponsored by the MTN Foundation as part of its Arts and Culture lineup of shows highlighting authentically Nigerian stories. According to the Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Nonny Ugboma, “As a truly Nigerian company, great art lies at the heart of what we do. This is why we have been supporting our country’s arts & culture since 2006.”
Critically acclaimed shows which have benefited from this support in the past year include Fela and the Kalakuta Queens; the first three runs of Legends the Musical; the Life in My City Art Festival in Enugu; Our Son the Minister; the Made in Nigeria Poetry Show; Oba Esugbayi: The Play and High: The Play.