The Lagos State Chapter, the flagship of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has endorsed Isale Eko, a special satirical stage play designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lagos State.
The stage play, Isale Eko scheduled to hold on Easter Friday 14 – Saturday 15, April 2017 at the iconic MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, is a fictional display of 14th Century Lagos in animated play which uses song and dance to tell the story of Lagos in the throes of slave trade, power struggle and romance.
Isale Eko, which was inspired by Ayo Badmus, would be told with pizzazz by great entertainers including Yemi Shodimu, Patrick Doyle and Yinka Davies under the directorial guide of talented writer and stage director, William Benson.
Olusegun McMedal, Lagos NIPR chairman, said the play is an opportunity for the Chapter to join in the celebration of Lagos State at 50. "We heartily endorse Isale Eko stage play to add to the conversation surrounding the celebration of the golden anniversary of the creation of Lagos State. The script is bound to educate, inform and entertain its audience on the rich cultural heritage of the people of Isale Eko in an entertaining atmosphere."
Producer of the play, Joseph Edgar, told newsmen that “Isale Eko tells the story of Lagos in a unique way. It leans lightly on historical facts with a blend of romance, songs and comedy to give it a contemporary depth. It is a story that will drive into the audience a rash of emotions as they would cry at the seeming tragedy that befalls Akitoye, a leading protagonist, laugh at the comedic turn of Madam Tinubu as she strategically plays a balancing act between the warring Akitoye and Kosoko ruling families and then get touched by the wonderful romance between the aggressive yet soft Kosoko who finds the Bini damsel irresistible."
Isale Eko production will no doubt redefine the way people see Lagos. It will forcefully realign us with our rich heritage and tie the strings of unity with the portrayal of people with different tongues brought together by cultural exchanges over time.