Lagos announces historical play, Kurunmi, to showcase state’s cultural heritage

To showcase Lagos State rich cultural heritage, which is steeped in tradition and history, the state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Monday formally announced the staging of Kurunmi, a historical play.

Speaking during a press conference in Alausa, Ikeja, to announce Kurunmi, the state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Toke Awoyinka-Benson, said that the stage play is “In line with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to make Lagos the preferred destination for tourism, leisure and business in Africa.”

She said that Kurunmi, written by erudite and thespian, the late Professor Ola Rotimi and directed by Muyideen Oladapo, popularly known as Lala, “showcases the talents of our vibrant arts industry and creativity of our theatre practitioners.”

According to Awoyinka-Benson,  “the captivating stage play, put together by Stagecraft Studios and

Film Productions, tells the story of a legendary Yoruba king, Kúrunmí, who embodied courage,

wisdom and leadership.”

She said that Kurunmi, which will feature on June 13th and 14th by 11am, 3pm, and 6pm in Ikoyi, Lagos, will also show on July 20th and 21st by 3pm and 6 pm at Terra Kulture Arena, respectively.

She added that the the play masterfully weaves together elements of history, culture, and

entertainment, making it a must-see for everyone.

Awoyinka-Benson noted that the play showcases the significance of arts and culture in promoting tourism and showcasing the state’s diversity, adding: “The play is an excellent representation of our cultural wealth, which I encourage everyone to experience.”

The commissioner, who noted that the world changes rapidly and cultures and traditions are fast losing steam to the world

order, added: “As Africans, we have a culture, we have our history. “These two elements are most

cherished and are a reminder of who we are as a people. It is on that basis that the Lagos State

government, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, threw its weight behind the production of Kúrunmí, the stage play.

“We know that the cultural rebirth and reorientation that we talk about can happen faster through entertainment and arts.

“Therefore, by attending this play, you will not only be entertained but also gain a deeper understanding of our rich cultural heritage. The talented cast, stunning costumes, and impressive set design will transport you to a world of wonder and awe.”

Awoyinka-Benson said: “We support production of Kúrunmí because we understand the inherent importance and value that it would bring to our society, especially the numerous Lagosians that would go out to watch the play on stage.”

She urged all residents and visitors to join in celebrating Lagos rich cultural excellence by watching the play.

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