As the National Theatre celebrates 45 years of official opening,

…the Management led by Prof. Sunday E. Ododo, fsonta, fta, fsna, FNAL, GM/CEO organized a multifaceted celebration. There was an Anniversary Lecture delivered by Prof. Tunji Azeez; “Hot seat”- moderated by Prof. Duro Oni- where the GM/CEO fielded questions from staff, the media and the general audience; cultural dance performance, and reading of an excerpt from “Hard Choice”- a Play by the GM/CEO, cake cutting and merrymaking.

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In Addition, Prof. Sunday Ododo, General Manager, National Theatre, Lagos, on Wednesday disclosed that the National Theatre Radio has received licence to operate by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Ododo, elated with the development, made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ dialogue in Lagos.

The theme of the dialogue is “National Theatre as a Business Enterprise-Critical Stakeholders Dialogue”.

“I am happy to announce that the National Broadcasting Commission granted the National Theatre Radio a broadcasting licence on Sept. 28, 2021.

“The Radio will be operating soon to project our programmes and artistic contents,” he said.

Ododo assured the Nigerian theatre practitioners of some exclusive interest preserved for them as they patronise the National Theatre to exhibit their creative contents.

He said this is because the practitioners are considered as core stakeholders of the industry.

He noted that upon the completion of the renovation process of the National Theatre, these practitioners will be able to enjoy such exclusive interest as they patronise the National Theatre to showcase their contents.

“As Nigerian Theatre Practitioners, you are going to enjoy certain interests exclusively preserved for you because we consider you as stakeholders.

“We want the National Theatre to be a beehive of activities with stakeholders. We want to begin to function on our mandate to present, preserve and promote Nigeria’s image and no other organisation can do that except the National Theatre,” he said.

The General Manager noted that playwrights like Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Hubert Ogunde, received support from foundations to research the culture of their people to come up with indigenous classics which are still relevant today.

He said a wide gap exists between now and Soyinka’s era of playwriting, presentation and now, in terms of play creation.

He said the National Theatre would see to how the lives of Nigerian artists are improved through showcasing their works.