Ooni set to rebrand ANTP
Preaches religion tolerance
The Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has appealed to Nigerians to be religion tolerant because there is only one God.
Receiving elders of the foremost theatre arts group, the Association of Nigeria Theatre-Arts Practitioners in his palace, the Kabiyesi said Olodumare is one, and Christians, Muslims and Atheists all direct their prayers to him and he answers them.
The artistes led by their former President, Chief Jimoh Aliu seek the support of the Ooni towards securing tax free loan for the ANTP for special drama productions. They also want to be part of Federal Government’s programmes on culture and tourism even as they seek an end to piracy, a cankerworm that is eating deep into their financial resources.
Aliu popularly known as Aworo said ANTP was founded by late Chief Hubert Ogunde and nurtured over the years by the likes of late Oyin Adejobi, Duro Ladipo. Kola Ogunmola, Ayinla Olumegbon, Akin Ogungbe, Ishola Ogunsola, all of blessed memory.
The living artistes who have contributed immensely to the growth of ANTP according to Chief Aliu include Moses Olaiya- Baba Sala, Alhaji Kareem Adepoju-Baba Wande, Ifayemi Elebuibon, Oyewole Olowomojuore- Baba Gebu, Musiliu Akinyemi Dasofunjo, Adebayo Salami, Bola Anike Obot, Taye Arogunmatidi, Rasak Baroka and a host of other talented artistes.
Oba Ogunwusi, appreciating their visit said his life was shaped by some of the lessons he learnt from television dramas as a child.
He told the Awise of Osogbo, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon who was part of the delegation that his play on good behaviour really thought him a lesson that has remained with him ever since. He recalled some of the songs and speeches from the play in the Ifa Olokun Asorodayo series, titled Iwa.
On the foremost Yoruba theatre arts association and its current challenges, the Ooni said the elders and other members should change the slogan of the association from ANTP – Progress to ANTP -Reloaded, because he is set to help them rebrand the association.
Oba Adeyeye said any progressive human would support any cause aimed at nation development and traditional Yoruba drama is one of such, because it teaches the youths, African cultural values, moulding their lives towards future responsibilities.
He therefore urged them to preach unity, love and religion tolerance through their drama storylines.
He said the re-loaded ANTP will dazzle its members and contribute positively to the nation’s economy.
The Ooni’s remarks was punctuated by people who were handling various projects for the Ile Ife youths, at the instance of Oba Adeyeye.
The Kabiyesi explained that the expansive farm projects and plantain plantation costing about N4m will be shared for the youths to manage and make money for themselves. This, he said, will take them off the streets and unemployment statistics