The National Theatre in partnership with Evergreen Musical Company Limited said its joint commitment is to further promote and develop the Nigerian entertainment industry thereby preserving the nation’s cultural heritage with two main events to cap the year 2021.
However, in their joint commitment to develop the Nigerian entertainment industry and preserve the Nigerian cultural heritage the oraganisers said the two main events will hold on different dates as the first event which is the cultural fiesta with the theme National Theatre Festival of Unity ‘Enduring Optimism’ will hold on Friday 10th to 12th December 2021 while the second event which is a competition for Live Bands tagged the “[email protected]” with the theme – Repositioning the Nigerian Entertainment Industry for Posterity.
According to the Managing Director Evergreen Musical Company Limited, Bimbo Esho explained, “the primary objective of the programme is to showcase an important aspect of our musical heritage for development into a viable cultural product. It is to ginger our local musicians, who perform gigs at the several entertainment rendezvous that dot the national landscape to up their ante. The initiative is to boost the composition of meaningful lyrics and lively songs, quality dance styles, stage appeal as well as excellent performances to delight music patrons even beyond the shores of Nigeria. This is in line with the theme to take this aspect of our musical heritage and entertainment to the next level as enduring legacy for global relish.”
Esho who stressed that music helps promote culture and tourism.
“While we recreate the live band platform for authentic African music repertoire to boost musical tourism and Nigerian culture at the elevated social relaxation and unique entertainment rendezvous, the beauty of our heritage centre, the National Theatre is however on display for guests to explore.
Esho added, the competition where outstanding performers shall win laurels, fantastic cash prizes and musical instruments, many talents shall also be exposed to the media and record labels said not less than 50 live bands are expected to showcase their musical appeal to thrill and dazzle the audience.
“We assure an enchanting 12hours back to back session of delights to the audience on 17th to 18 December 2021 from 6:00pm on Friday evening to 6:00am Saturday morning. She added that the occasion would also be graced by some respectful musical legends like Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, Bishop (Sir) Shina Peters, Mike Okri, Stella Monye, Kola Ogunkoya, Dayo Kujore and Yinka Davies to mentor and give guidance on live band entertainment.”
On his part, GM/CEO National Theartre Nigeria, Prof. Sunday Ododo expressed that the [email protected] which birth the collaboration between the National Theartre and the Evergreen Music Company despite the repair works and the temporary loss of access to the edifice is one of such.
Ododo further stated that the national theatre has been a physical monument as well as the Theatre that transcends physical walls and boundaries.
He said, “the National theatre is an idea both tangible and intangible and it transcends physical walls and boundaries hence our tenacity of purpose forge ahead despite such obstacles that might have cowed many. Hence, we have kept the Theatre alive so much that a lot of people wonder at the paradox of the National Theatre being busier now that the complex is locked for much needed renovation than when it was in use years before now.
The second National Theatre festival of unity with the theme ‘Enduring Optimism’ is particularly apt at this period in time for us at the National Theatre, for Nigerians and indeed the entire world as we have remained optimistic and that is why we have seen opportunities where others might have seen insurmountable challenges.”