I symphatized with you concerning all that is happening arround you!
How are you now? hope you are now settling down gradually in your new environment? I have been very busy these days...combining media works with theatre practices…"
HELLO! things have been insane... i am selling my possessions and giving up my apartment. i cannot continue to pay the rent with unemployment so high, i've not been able to get a day job, to defray costs. so i become a vagabond…"
Thank you for the message. Please do not see her message as extra-ordinary, we both talked about the whole thing afterrall, all was a missinterpretation and an extreemity of reaction. It is true she is my wife...but we both have…"
"i was quite taken aback, however upon further thought, perhaps i should not bother you. you appear very busy, and i do not want there to be any problems for you, so. as i said, i was not interested in anything but maybe working with you, but…"
How are you today? hope the show went well too? I am surprised at your last message until I saw that someone had earlier on dropped a message on my behalf into your message wall.
Never mind, you can attach the note we talked about…"
not sure if you received my response. at first i laughed... not at you, but at the situation. i have been married twice, am divorced, and am living as a celibate. i have no interest in men other than working relationships:-) haha. okay?"
Theater, Dance, Music, Film & Video, Literary Arts
About Me And My Work
D.Phil in Theatre and Drama Studies (in view)
M.Phil in Ibsen Studies
B.A. (HON) Dramatic Arts
Certificate in British and Irish Literature
Certificate in Music
Certificate in Drama
Member of National Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP)
Supporting Member of Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT)
Member International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)
Member Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA)
CONFERENCE ATTENDED WITH CERTIFICATES
50th Annual Conference of International Federation for Theatre Research, held at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 10th of July to 14th, 2007.
’50 years of Performing Pinter’ held at School of English, Leeds University, United Kingdom, between 12th and 15th April 2007.
The Intercultural Theatre Conference “East meets West” in Khartoum/Sudan, December 11-14, 2007.
The African Video Film, Arts Festival, with the theme ‘Africa through the Eye of the Video Camera, Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Confluences 5 (High Culture, Mass Culture, Urban Culture- Whose Dance? Held at the University of Cape-town (UCT), 16-19 July, 2008
Femi Osofisan International Conference on Performance. University of Ibadan, 17-21, June, 2008
Papers Presented/Submitted for Publication at Other Conferences
Messages, Techniques and Craftsmanship in Tunde Kelani’s Thunderbolt (Magun) and Agogo Eewo, as point of reference. Accepted for publication by the Organizers of African Video Film, Arts Festival, ‘Africa through the Eye of the Video Camera, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Language, Culture and Tradition: Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman as case study. Submitted to, PHILOSOPHIA AFRICANA: SPECIAL ISSUE ON WOLE SOYINKA, for consideration for publication.
Trends in Nigeria Home Videos: The Beginning, the Present and Tomorrow
Accepted for publication by The Global South Interdisciplinary journal
Applied Theatre and the Impact of Theatre: Osofisan, Rotimi and Ibsen as Primary Focus of Discussion. Published as Conference Proceedings during the Professor Femi Osofisan International Conference on Performance, at the University of Ibadan in 2008.
Hip Hop and its growth into Theatre Dance: Drums of Freedom, a dance Project of a Final Year Student of Dramatic Arts Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, osun State, Nigeria, as a case Study. Published as Conference Proceedings at Confluences 5(High Culture, Mass Culture, Urban Culture- Whose Dance?
Plight of Yoruba Womenfolk in Marriage as Demonstrated in Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again by Ola Rotimi; Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as supportive Play Text. Published as online book at www.ArtsAfrica.org and edited by Prof. Mieke Kolk of Centre for Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Silence of Female Artists in Theatre ( case study of writers, directors, actress, dancers) in the Northern part of Nigeria as case study; Religious, Cultural and Traditional Limitations as Focus. Published as online book at www.ArtsAfrica.org and edited by Prof. Mieke Kolk of Centre for Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Ibsen in Nigerian Theatre and Drama Schools; Dramatic Arts Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, Nigeria as a Case Study (M.Phil thesis).
Directing Styles and Techniques in Stage Plays; A Study of Ayo Akinwale, Ahmed Yerima, Femi Osofisan and Dapo Adelugba as Directors. (B.A. Hons long essay)
Organizing and coordinating people, especially actors and actress in the realm of theatre production
WORK EXPERIENCE DATE:
Producer/Scriptwriter, African Independent Television (AIT) Nov.2009-till date
Resident Artist, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. (Freelance). Nov. 2006 -2008
News Paper Vendor, Aftoone posting, Norway Nov. 2004 – May 2005
Theatre Director with Adonis & Image Production, Ile-Ife. August 1997 -2004
Film Production on Aids/HIV sponsored by Love 2 Work Charity
Organization, London. 2002
Security Guard, Nigerian Breweries, Ibadan, Nigeria. 1994 – 1997
PLAYS DIRECTED DATE:
(1) The Spell by Tunde Bakare Oct. 2001
(2) Forgotten Dreams by Muyiwa Ojo. Nov.2001
(1) Man Talk Woman Talk by Ola Rotimi July 2002
(2) Obaseki by Don Pedro Obaseki Feb. 2003
(3) What I do? A TV Drama on HIV/AIDs sponsored by
Love 2 work Charity Organization, London. June 2004
(4) Birthdays Are Not For Dying by Femi Osofisan Feb. 2005
(5) Midnight Black Out by Femi Osofisan Dec. 2005
PLAYS ACTED DATE:
Murder in Cathedral 1997 Convocation Play,
(Directed by Olu Akomolafe) O.A.U, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Drums of War 1998 Convocation Play
(Directed by Bakare Ojo Rasaki) O.A.U, Ile Ife, Nigeria
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi 2001 Masters Class Project,
(Directed by Rasheed Musa) University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again 2002 Convocation Play
(Directed by Ola Rotimi) O.A.U, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Death and the King’s Horse Man – Actor & Dramaturge 2005 Convocation Play
(Directed by Bayo Afolabi) O.A.U, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Organizing & Coordinating Events
Qualitative Interaction and guidance
Directing and Management
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2008-2011 University of Stellenbosch D.Phil in Drama/Theatre Studies
2004 – 2008 University of Oslo, Norway M.phil in Ibsen Studies
2005 Visiting Scholar to Yale School of Drama (Connecticut U.S.A)
2005 Scottish International Summer School Edinburgh Certificate in British and Irish Literature (Modernism & Post Modernism)
1999 – 2004 Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. B.A (HONS) in Dramatic Arts
1997 – 1998 Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Certificate in Dramatic Arts
1998 –1999 Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Certificate in Music
1987 – 1992 Loyola College, Ibadan, Nigeria. Junior Secondary School Certificate
1992 – 1996 Olanla Community High School Senior Secondary School Certificate
INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES
Singing, Drumming, Reading Play and Poems
Directing and organizing shows both within and outside home country (Nigeria)
Traveling around Europe and America helped my communication skills through interaction with varieties of people from different cultural backgrounds.
Art Forms And Cultures I Would Like To Engage With
To work with someone/group of people who believes in arts as a vital tool for community growth.
My Creative Influences & Favorite Artists
My immediate environment, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Bob Marley, Athol Fugard
HELLO! things have been insane... i am selling my possessions and giving up my apartment. i cannot continue to pay the rent with unemployment so high, i've not been able to get a day job, to defray costs. so i become a vagabond dependent on the love and generosity of my friends for a few months, while i work hard and save my money, so i can finally go abroad.
right now, i am making piles of things that are sold and waiting to be picked up, need to be advertised, and the few things i am storing to have shipped to me when i settle.
at 51, this is a very scary thing to do, but i feel, that since my illness, i am not so afraid to risk, for what i really want. i used to be somewhat timid. but now, no more. so that's where i'm at. i wont be able to focus on anything really until i close this out which is nov. 30th. then it's just me, my laptop, phone, ipod, and some clothes. one thing, as a jazz vocalist, i have to have 'wardrobe' stashed at friends houses all over the city, but it will be fun:-)
hope you are well, and i promise i will be checking in more and being a more active member, in a few weeks.
i was quite taken aback, however upon further thought, perhaps i should not bother you. you appear very busy, and i do not want there to be any problems for you, so. as i said, i was not interested in anything but maybe working with you, but i've seen situations before when a wife/husband is uncomfortable with that, and that is obviously the case here. if you don't mind, i'd like to keep in touch with you here and hear about your work though. okay?
not sure if you received my response. at first i laughed... not at you, but at the situation. i have been married twice, am divorced, and am living as a celibate. i have no interest in men other than working relationships:-) haha. okay?
after the weekend i will be able to find my notes and type them up for you. i should be able to attach the file to an email and send it to you. how is that? apparently i can attach a file to you from this page?
hahaha! i see. well actually, meeting you has me thinking about a project that i put down a while ago. i wanted to do a theatre piece involving the telling of three stories from our 'pan-african' history. i specifically had american audiences in mind because so many african americans have absolutely no knowledge of african heroes and legends. in america blacks do silly things like black 'versions' of white stories like 'cinderella' or t.v. shows like 'the odd couple'.
anyway, the piece was to tell the stories of queen n'zinga, sundiata, and shaka zulu. it is not a project that i can devote a lot of attention to at the present, but if it sounds at all interesting to you, i would be more than happy to get you my notes, and help you in any way that i can.
i'm trying to engineer a move to europe within the next year to 18 months, and am focusing on getting that done, and maintaining my gig schedule with my band. let me know if you might be interested. you have the background for this. i am only a performer:-)