by Bode Sowande
(Written & directed by Bode Sowande; Produced by Odu Themes)
Date: Thursday, April 23, Time: 6pm Venue: Terra Kulture, VI;
Date: Friday, April 24, Time: 7pm Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos
BABA Gentle is a landlord in a Lagos slum. He is not at peace with himself because of a failed investment. He is not at peace in his habitat when he gets a sneak revelation that his property is marked for demolition. Confused by the notion of the urban MASTER PLAN, Baba Gentle seeks the assistance of his elder sibling, Brother Agba, a land speculator and a Godfather in State politics. Between dusk and dawn of the same day, the entire community of street ladies, homeless layabouts , with cunning, desperation and frenzy, at first surrender to fate, and then resort to mischief and crime. A bulldozer driver is abducted and then released, in a kafkaesque plot and counter-plot, as the community seeks to halt the bulldozer. The politician Honourable (When Able) soon arrives with the favela formula that makes the ghetto a tourist and cultural destination, with a promised utopia. The community climbs down the cliff hanger to celebrate in a street fuji music party, with satirical lyrics, and the theme of inclusion as the correct MASTER PLAN. Snapshots was premiered 20th October, 2014 -- WORLD HABITAT DAY-- on commission by Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Planning.
ABOUT ODU THEMES: Launched by Bode Sowande in February 1972 at the Arts Theatre University of Ibadan, with Duro Oni, Funmi Joshua (now Funmi Dominu), Lekan Oyejide, Bimbola Adeniji, Dasuku Harry, and Gbemi Sodipo. Same year the group went on television for many years of unbroken chronology, at WNTV (NTA Ibadan). It went on NTA national network with Acada Campus with concurrent programming on BCOS, Ibadan. The company has had regular stage productions, at least once a year, since 1972. It has a repertory in international festivals and professional productions, in the United Kingdom, and continental Europe. Co-production with BBC Africa Service comprised Alarm On Lagoon Street, and Regina's Golden Goal, on location in Ibadan. MTN Nigeria recently sponsored the 40th Anniversary Festival of Odu Themes in Ibadan. The outfit has enjoyed funding support from Italian Cultural Institute, French Cultural Centre, Afrique en Creation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Prince's Trust, UK, and others.