THE MINISTER of Information and term. (NAN)

Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

said that the Nigeria entertainment

industry is advancing in the areas of

theatre and stage performances.

The Minister stated this on

Monday night in Lagos at the stage

performances organised on the

sideline of the on-going two-day

Summit on Creative Industry with

the theme “Financing the Film,

Television and Music Industries”.

The News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) reports that the stage

performances were organised

by Terra Kulture Arena, the first

privately owned theatre in Nigeria

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by Ms. Bolanle Austen-Peters.

Mohammed noted that it is

imperative for stakeholders to

know that the creative industry is

not just about films and music but

also about theatre and other genres.

The minister said he was thrilled

by the richness and quality of

delivery of the stage plays which

indicates that the theatre is going

places in the country.

He commended Austen-Peters

for erecting the magnificent Terra

Kulture Arena to promote theatre in

the country.

The minister also applauded the

efforts put in a play titled : “Waka”,

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which he said had been successfully

staged in London.

NAN reports that a presentation

of “Saro, Land of Freedom”, a fusion

of dance and music drama preceded

the minister’s remarks.

The performance depicted the

splendour, opportunities and

freedom that abound in Lagos,

including the bustling life and

criminality side of the ever-bubbling


It also dramatised the effectiveness

of the police to curb crimes in the

city without leaving out the corrupt

tendencies of the law enforcement


The performance momentarily

transformed the audience into a

church service displayed in dance

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and gospel tunes’ rendition.

NAN reports there were also

performances of South African

“Oza Oza” music and dance, clips

from “Waka” play as well as “The

Lion King – the story of a wicked


The climax was the presentation

of two didactic music of legendary

musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti on

“bleaching” and “Ladies” which

were rendered with the fusion of

raving Hip Hop music.

NAN reports that the Minister of

Information and Communication

from the Republic of Niger, Hadjia

Koubra Sani and other stakeholders

attended the event. (NAN)