Bolanle Austen-Peters paves way for better artistic display in Nigeria as she launched Terra Kulture Arena, a 450 seater theatre, on Saturday March 25,2017.
Inadequate number of theatres to showcase stage performances, as one of the limiting factors affecting artistic talents in Nigeria, the emergence of this new theatre by Bolanle Austen-Peters is a dream come through for artist in the nation.
The governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode recently announced the grand plan of his administration to build five new arts theatres to celebrate the golden jubilee of the state.
According to him, he chose to do this as part of government’s efforts to engage the youths and promote tourism through arts and entertainment.
But as Lagosians as well as the entire art community await this emergence, Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman, Bolanle Austen-Peters, daughter of renowned Nigeria jury, Chief Afe Babalola unmasked her world class theatre arena.
The new arena is decorated with sophisticated artistic facilities to compliment stage performances, while bringing out full potentials of artistes. It contains a performing art studio which is strategically located, gallery and virtually all it takes to have a great theatre home. The stage, with a screen large enough for any standard presentation, is positioned in a way that every member of the audience is carried along. The lightings are bright and apt as well.
Austen-Peters said “The journey that started about 15 years hasn’t been easy, but we have gotten many supports from many organisations and individuals. The creative industry is a key driver of the Nigerian economy, some of our musical displays that got applauded both locally and internationally were created by bunch of talents we have in Nigeria. Nigeria can become a developed country, if we start investing in people, by building industries like this one. ”
This innovation does not only offer the theatre industry a boost, but also positions Lagos, as one of the leading cities for artistic entertainment in Africa.
The theatre is of no doubt a great relief to Nigeria theatre practitioners(Nollywood and the entire arts community). It has the potentials of creating a good number of jobs for the Nigerian youths.