Independence Day: Ooni, other dignitaries set to attend ‘1860’ stage play

As the countdown to the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian nation continues, the Mc Akinola Brand is set to produce a stage play which would explore the historical antecedents of the country.

The play entitled ‘1860’ is sourced from a century of historical facts and will be on stage on October 1, 2020, according to the organisers.

The producer, Akinola Akinyo-Ojo, described the play as one which would go down as “the best historical stage play of the 21st century.” He added the play was necessary to delve into Nigeria’s history that most youths are becoming oblivious of.

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. They won’t only repeat the mistakes, but also forget the travail, toil and struggles of ancestors. They will fail to learn from it. Is it possible we find ourselves in a situation where the next generation hardly knows anything about their immediate history?

“The question has been well answered in the present generation, where most youths can’t effectively recount basic history from just 50 years ago.”

Oluwafisolami Taiwo wrote the piece, teaming up with actor and director, Joshua Peters, to go back in time. He acknowledged the roles several Yoruba icons played over a hundred years before independence between 1860 and 1960.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, among other leaders,  would  be in attendance at Premier Hotel, Ibadan, venue of the performance.

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