Temilolu Fosudo, a 300 level student of Theatre Art Department, University of Ibadan, writer of a play, Another Episode of Trauma
WorldStage Newsonline-- At a time when activities of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram are trailed with sorrow, tears and blood in the Northern part of Nigeria, the National Troupe of Nigeria on Thursday, June 14, 2012, brought its literary version to the theatre in Lagos.
Presenting its 28th Play Reading Session, the troupe at National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos, came with “Another Episode of Trauma”, a play where Boko Haram took the centre stage.
Written by Temilolu Fosudo, a 300 level student of Theatre Art Department, University of Ibadan, it featured six characters, centred around a character called Joseph who chose to be patriotic, ready and determined to mobilize other Nigerians, to confront the activities of the faceless group, even against the will of his wife, who feared his being killed.
Partly staged by the National Troupe Drama Group and jointly read with the participation of the audience, the play on the activities of Boko Haram in Northern part of the country ended in a tragic note, with Joseph’s wife and daughter falling victim of the terrorist attacks. They were slaughtered in cold blood.
Commenting on the play, the Artistic Director, National Troupe of Nigeria, Martin Adaji said, he was very impressed, describing Temilolu as a young man with play writing in his blood.
He said no one was looking for a perfect play writer, but that every plays usually has its lessons and messages and could be worked on to make it better appreciated.
“We are not looking for a perfect play writer. Don’t be afraid to write. Don’t be afraid of criticism,” he said.
The script writer said, he wrote it because of the need to keep record of some of the calamities being faced in the country and the need to remain patriotic even to death.
Reacting to an audience who said the play was over worded, he said he too did not believe in a too worded play, but that everything depended on the producer and what he intended to achieve.
Fasudo is also the author of Beyond the Oracle, a traditional play which preaches the need to leave the past and move on to the future.