The UNILAG in Town (a “Gown to Town” initiative of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, FAS,) debuted on Saturday, April 29, 2023 with a theatre performance by students of the University’s Creative Arts Department.
Titled “Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels”, the stage drama which held at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, marked the maiden effort aimed at showcasing the creative talents and outputs of students and staff of the University.
While welcoming the array of stakeholders among whom were the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, University of Lagos, Senator Dr, Lanre Tejuoso, guests as well as friends of University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, FAS, described “UNILAG in Town” as an initiative borne out of the desire to bring activities from the academic community closer to people.
She said the stage performance of “Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” which kick starts the “UNILAG in Town” movement is aimed at reigniting and promoting the love for culture, moral rebirth and upholding indigenous virtues while telling native African stories.
Prof. Ogunsola who recalled with nostalgia, her childhood years in the University of Ibadan identified stage performances as a unique tool for entertainment, raising awareness on societal ills as well as teaching morals especially to young people and children.
She expressed deep concerns over the prevalent craving and preference for materialism at the expense of humanity, one which she said can only be addressed through moral re-orientation, part of which UNILAG in Town will help to achieve in the long run.
Produced by the Chairman, UNILAG Culture and Ethics Committee, Dr Seyi Kenny and directed by Dr Felix Emoruwa, the stage play, “Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” written by Femi Osofisan tells a tale of a test of kindness, compassion, greed, conspiracy, corruption and the triumph of good over evil.
The performance which held in 2 sessions was sponsored by Parallex Bank, it also featured a special appearance by popular comedian and alumnus of the UNILAG Creative Arts Department, Samuel Perry popularly known as Broda Shaggi.
“Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels” was showcased earlier in January 2023 at the University’s Main Auditorium, as part of activities to commemorate the “UNILAG @ 60” Convocation Ceremonies.