By AZUH AMATUS
Towards making this year’s edition of the project WS78 (Wole Soyinka at 78), themed “The Mind of a Patriot” another bumper outing, Zmirage Multimedia Limited and GlobalNewHaven, the organizers of the laudable initiative have released the time-table and venues for the month long event holding between July 11 and 17, in Nigeria and July 28 and 29, 2012 in London, respectively.
Interestingly, they have also selected venues that will add colour and glamour to the prestigious event, being the third in the “Open Door Series”.
The 78 students selected from Nigeria and London schools to partake in the grand finale of the Wole Soyinka essay competition will arrive Lagos on July 11. While on July 12, a lecture entitled “From tigritude to transcendence; the conscience and conscientiousness of Wole Soyinka” will be delivered by Professor Robert Fox of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA, at the Soyinka Hall of Freedom Park, Lagos Island.
The grand finale of the essay competition is billed to take place on July 13, at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, at 10.a.m.
Students from selected Lagos State schools will join the essay finalists by noon at the Freedom Park, where they will be met by celebrities who will judge the reading, dancing, poetry and spelling competitions for which the winners will be rewarded with a lot of exciting gifts like Ipods, backpacks and MP3’s.
The cultural night will start off at 6.p.m. inside the Agip Hall of MUSON Centre, with a red carpet reception for the 78 essay finalists followed by a command performance of “Home” directed by Segun Ojewuyi.
On July 14, a visit would be paid to the Ogun State Government House, Wole Soyinka’s House and a tour would be taken round the legendary Olumo Rock. On that same day, the drama “Home” will be staged at the newly renovated and refurbished Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, after a session during which the beautiful First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun will mentor the students.
Students and crew members will arrive Ondo State on July 15, visit the Idanre Hills and the drama “Home” will be staged again at the Ondo State Cultural Centre, Akure. Also, a visit will be paid to the Ondo State Government House on July 16 and the students will have the privilege of a one on one session with the erudite Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, the wife of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Governor of Ondo State. On July 17; the students will depart for home leaving the team of scholars and actors from America and Nigeria who will then embark on a tour to various destinations of historical interests within and outside Nigeria.
The London event will commence on July 27, with a reception at Emukay Bar and Restaurant, Camberwell, London, owned and managed by Mr. Tunji Oyelana, a contemporary and friend of Kongi. It will be followed by a lecture again to be delivered by Professor Robert Fox on July 28. Also on the same day, “Home” will be staged again at the Africa Centre, Covent Garden, London.
Finally on July 29, there will be a dance workshop by Mr. Peter Badejo O.B.E., followed by a blues dance tea party anchored by Stanley Amah of Dance2Mesmerise. The show will be rounded off with another performance of “Home”.