An exciting new stage production that takes a creative look at our history, exploring themes around inter-ethnic love and the level of sacrifice in a relationship is set to debut this festive season.
Oba Esugbayi tells a story of romance, tribulation and emancipation that bind together two very different families. The play is set in the multicultural context of the rich heritage of Lagos and the colourful traditions of the Efik people of Cross River.
The show is produced by Joseph Edgar, an investment banker and theatre producer, whose Duke of Shomolu Productions has created captivating plays with strong historical leanings in a strong bid to “tell our story through performance.”
The show, which runs from the 23rd to 26th of December at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre in Lagos, will feature veteran actors as well as upcoming stars, including Femi Branch, who plays Oba Esugbayi, and the queen of Nigerian stage, Yinka Davies.
Thin Tall Tony (TTT), a favourite with young people as a result of a successful run on the Big Brother Naija reality show will play a strong and influential romantic lead while Ayobami Shodimu, daughter to showbiz impresario Yemi Shodimu, makes her stage debut as a fiery and beautiful character whose romantic liaisons with Tony’s character are set to captivate the audience.
Oba Esugbayi is sponsored by the MTN Foundation as part of its Arts and Culture initiative, where the company sponsors a slate of shows highlighting authentically Nigerian stories. In the last quarter of the year alone, the Foundation has already sponsored such critically acclaimed shows as Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, Legends the Musical, Life in My City Art Festival in Enugu, Our Son The Minister and the Made in Nigeria Poetry Show.