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National Arts Theatre GM calls for love to conquer violence


National Arts Theatre GM calls for love to conquer violence

The General Manager of the National Arts Theatre,  Prof. Enesi Ododo,  has called on Nigerians to embrace love instead of violence to tackle various issues that can jeopardise the stability in the country.

Ododo made the call during a stage play by the Crown Troupe of Africa, titled,  “Love at War”, held  within the premises of the National Arts Theatre in Lagos on Monday.

The Voice Media Trust (VMT NEWS) reports that the stage play, a pidgin/English adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Two Noble Kinsmen”, was written and directed by Segun Adefila.

The synopsis of the drama centered on characters:Fela and Sankara, who are brave soldiers and close cousins , taken captives and imprisoned by King Madiba.

Trouble started rearing its head when the two  brothers fell in love with Adesewa, a princess and  a sister-in-law to King Madiba.

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Conflicts of emotions, divided loyalty and the thin line of love and hatred, were all displayed with a good dose of humour,  which ended in bitter rivalry.

On the significance of the drama, Ododo said it was meant to preach love to humanity, the symbol which the play exemplifies.

“In National Theatre, we believe in one Nigeria, we must work together and that nothing binds more than love; love lost is bad; but love gained breeds prosperity.

“Valentine day is set aside to celebrate love and we are also reaching out to Nigerians to embrace love because it conquers all.

“Where there is love, there will be unity and with unity, we will achieve more for the country. This play is our own version of creating love among  Nigerians.

“The play is a well prepared production to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There is no need for quarreling, we should adopt consultation and dialogues. This is common the sense the National Theatre is preaching to Nigerians,” he said.

Ahmed Mohammed-Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer, National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) , said the sermon about love among  Nigerian youths could not  be overemphasised.

According to him, the creative industry has a part to play.

“If we look at the prevailing circumstances in Nigeria, we will see that we need love more than before and the creative industry has lots of role to play in this regard.

“That is why we are creating this platform to engage our youths positively,” he said. 

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