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NANTAP PLANS FILM ON AWOLOWO’S LIFETIME

Source: nigeriafilms.com
LATE OBAFEMI AWOLOWO
LATE OBAFEMI AWOLOWO

AN epic film to chronicle the life and times of the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is about to be put together by stakeholders in the industry.

Already, Dr Fredrick Fasehun of the O'dua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Ambassador Segun Olusola of the African Refugee Foundation, have agreed to lead the advisory board for the film.

Coordinator of the project, Mr Abiodun Abe, who is the President of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), disclosed that the film was to immortalise Chief Awolowo who, he said, was a leading light in Nigerian politics.

“Since 1886 when the civil war ended in Yorubaland, precisely on September 23, at noon, and during which an armistice was arraigned among the children of Oduduwa, no compelling force has been able to bring the people together as one tongue, one language and shared destiny like Chief Obafemi Awolowo did.

“In terms of his contribution to the development of modern Nigeria, Awo had no equal. His high level of moral, cultural and political discipline remains unequalled. No doubt, the overwhelming significance of the Yoruba nation in global reckoning today can only be traced to him.

“Unfortunately, there is an unnecessarily wide generation gap between the vast layers of Nigerians, especially among the Yoruba, in terms of the understanding of the leitmotif, and the compelling political treatise and fashion of the late Chief Awolowo,” he said.