African theatre at its finest: all Lagosians should go see ‪THE‬ DUET (An Anthology Of Poems)

The Duet - An Anthology of Poems

The Duet - An Anthology of Poems

One of the pivotal reasons for starting Viva Naija is because I went to watch Ola Rotimi’s ‘The Gods Are Not To Blame’ on a stage here in London Town and I was disappointed by the turn-out. When I made a Facebook post about how awesome the play was, how talented and accomplished the actors, and how there was still one more day to go and catch this gem of our fatherland, I got a lot of feedback along the lines of “Eiyah, it sounds fantastic o, but I didn’t even know it was on” and “Wow, if I’d had enough notice, I would have sorted out childcare and totally gone”

But I also know that there are people in this London who have paid good money to go see The Lion King and Les Miserables. And yet our traditional theatre and arts flounder.

So it was decided. An innate need for aproko would be channelled into lifting Nigeria and celebrating the positive wonders that come with being Nigerian. There would, however, always be a special place in my heart – and on this blog – for all things arts and culture: be that the written, spoken or sung word, or the creation of something tangible out of nothing. I love Nigeria. We’re actually frickin’ awesome, and this should be shouted from the rooftops.

In the spirit of shouting, therefore, this play by a mother-son duo is a must-see for any Lagosian who fancies themselves a bit of a culture vulture.

The Duet is an artistic interpretation of an anthology of poems written by the mother-son duo, Toki and Damola Mabogunje. Directed by Williams Ekpo featuring Seun Kentebe, Efe Mayford Orhorha, Patrick Diabuah and a host of other talented thespians.

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With the help of The British Council (make of this what you will), THE DUET will be staged at Terra Kulture on the 27th February, two shows: 15:00 and 18:00.

Tickets are a mere ₦3,000 for a regular ticket and ₦5,000 for a VIP ticket. That is like….money for guguru and epa with today’s exchange rate.

Do go! It promises to be a blast as there will be high octane acting, music and choreography unlike anything you’ve seen on stage. It’s a mixture of contemporary and traditional pieces and different African cultures and tribes are well represented – my favourite thing: a movement that unifies rather than divides the country of my birth.

So here you go folks:


Date: 27th February, 2016
Times: 3pm AND 6pm
Venue: Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, Lagos Island
Tickets: ₦3,000 for a regular ticket and ₦5,000 for a VIP ticket
For more enquiries:- +2348092337598 or 2BEF345E.

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