The festival celebrates African creativity with traditional and contemporary cinema, dance, design, drama, fashion, music, painting, photography.
This year the focus is on drama, inspired by a visit by London’s Globe Theatre company. Festival consultant, Wole Soyinka, believes that the visit of the English company should be used as a stimulus to improve theatre and drama in the country, which has taken second place to cinema in recent years.
Nigeria’s star actor Olu Jacob will be honoured for his contribution to theatre, as will playwright and theatre manager Hubert Ogunde, who founded the first theatre company in Nigeria and is known as the father of Nigerian theatre.
The programme includes the plays The Tragedy of King Christophe produced by Patrick Jude-Oteh and his Jos Repertory Theatre, Snapshot by Bode Sowande and Gbekude by Adegoke Durojaye.
Jude-Oteh is known for his workshops for disasvantaged young people, for his insistence on drama in schools and for his support for mangement agencies to support theatre people, from professional actors to directors.
- Freedom Park, Lagos.