Ankara n’Black Playhouse is the initiative of a budding theatre arts graduate, Boluwatife Orimolade, who together with young stage enthusiasts like himself rehearsed round the clock and successfully premiered in Lagos, an inaugural production titled ‘Smart Not Smart’ at The Ville, Yaba on Friday November 4, 2016 and held three mind-blowing shows through the weekend.
Lead actor Smart Durojaiye – played by the writer/producer, Orimolade – had promiscuity running through his veins, mind and DNA. He made the extremely busy career of his wife, Mrs. Zainab Durojaiye, his excuse for promiscuity and infidelity. However, nemesis caught up with him at his flirtatious game with his secretary who eventually outplayed him at his own game.
She gatecrashed into Smart’s home as a second wife by telling his legal wife that they had a lovechild together, which turned out false in the end. Smart’s doom and gloom though hilarious, is didactic. He lost everything for being the ‘over-Smart’ player he is – well, or so he thought. But for his true love and Smart-er wife who salvaged him from the trouble he brought upon their marriage and estate, Smart would have been totally ruined.
Television Continental (TVC) and HAMILTONSTYLE interviewed the lead actor at the premiere. Excerpts below…[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Who are you?
I am Orimolade Boluwatife Daniel, a fresh graduate of Theatre Arts from the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. My passion is in drama, music, dance and playwriting. I am the Executive Director of the novel Ankara n’Black Playhouse, which we unveiled November the 4th, 2016.
How did you come about the name ‘Ankara n’Black’?
As a theatre artist, I was trained to be a cultural ambassador and I am licensed to play with words artistically. So, when I say Ankara n’Black, I am describing ‘ankara’ as the arts of the Black race. The Black in our name represents the Black man himself. Thus Ankara n’Black means the arts and the Black man.
And why ‘Smart Not Smart’
Firstly, I am humbled by the gift and love of the arts that God has blessed me with. Smart Not Smart came up when I noticed how men see women as objects of pleasure and feel they can get away with it. Then I decided to artistically project the power of women from the constructive and de-constructive point of view.
The director of the play, Tunde Ijadunola, is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja. His forte is dance, music, acting and directing. He is the present choreographer for Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture. Concerning the challenges of staging the play, Ijadunola said: “Our rehearsal schedule was crazy. An actress came in from Ghana and three others from Ibadan.[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
“I had to juggle between my man-hours between office and rehearsals every other day. The script for ‘Smart Not Smart’ was virgin. It squeezed out my creativity. We re-worked some scenes for stage worthiness and within limited time. ‘Smart Not Smart’ is mind-blowing and creative. Trust me, I would love to do this play over and over again.
“The cast and crew of this play are wonderful persons. It was my first time working with a team this young and I was stunned at their creativity. We thoroughly enjoyed working together.”[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]