The Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF), is set to revolutionalize the acting industry with the presentation of their upcoming stage play themed “Our Son the Minister”.
The play was written by Paul Ugbede with Kenneth Uphopho directing. The award-winning actress and talented thespian, Bikiya Graham-Douglas produced the project.
“Our Son the Minister” is the winning play of the first edition of Beeta Playwright Competition 2017, which kept its promise by publishing and producing the play.
Designed to promote the arts, particularly playwriting so as to throw up new talents, BUAF will happily share the play with the general public through its second performance.
The venue is Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos, on the second weekend of November 9, 10, and 11, 2018 at 3 pm and 7 pm daily.
The synopsis of the play which is a political satire goes:
“It’s inauguration day and Doctor Makoji prepares to be sworn in, while family and friends make plans on how to share the enticing national cake he is set to bring home.
“Alarmed by their plans, an austere Makoji decides to turn down the ministerial appointment. They conclude he has gone mad and are in a desperate race to find a solution to cure him.”
This play is hilarious yet thought-provoking and stars talented actors such as Patrick Diabuah, Inna Erizia, Chris Iheuwa, Soibifaa Dokubo, Bola Stephen, Biodun Kassim, Bunmi Sogade, Omololu Sodiya, and Dapo Gbadamosi.
It is family-friendly and a perfect theatre piece that matches the election season mood soon to engulf Nigeria in its frenzy.
The foundation will also tour five universities showcasing the play in order to deepen value re-orientation amongst young Nigerians.
The show is sponsored by MTN, Union Bank, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and supported by Terra Kulture, Oyewole&Olajide LLP, Amstel Malta, Africa Magic, and Silverbird.
Also, plans are at an advanced stage for the judging process for the second edition of Beeta Universal Arts Foundation competition.
The prize jury includes respected and creative theatre professionals like award-winning playwright and professor of theatre arts, Ahmed Yerima, culture and film, journalist, and arts administrator, Shaibu Husseini , veteran actress and producer, Ego Boyo, theatre producer and writer, Ayo Jaiyesimi, director and actor, Kenneth Uphopho, publisher and bookseller, Ibiso Graham-Douglas.
The lead sponsor of the prize, Union Bank Plc through its Head, Corporate Communication and Marketing, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, noted, “Union Bank is pleased to partner with Beeta Universal Arts Foundation for the second year to deliver this worthy competition.
“As a bank that has been around for 100 years, we recognize how invaluable the arts is to preserving and showcasing our culture and history, which is why we remain committed to developing the talent in the creative industry.”