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Kate Henshaw, O.C Ukeje & Carol King to Star in “Ajai: The Boy Slave” – A Stage Play in Lagos on the Life & Times of Samuel Ajayi Crowther



You have probably read about his story in your primary school or chances are you even played him in a school drama but this April 2012, you can get more in depth into the story of the life and times of the great Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther live on stage in Lagos.

“Ajai – The Slave Boy” – a stage play directed by Wole Oguntokun based on the original concept by Gbemi Shasore, is sure one to watch out for as it promises to capture the high quality dramatization of an African story with an International cast drawn from Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Europe.

This stage play which will run for 6 days at the MUSON Centre will feature an all new and first time musical score which will make this performance reflect the Nigerian culture with a mix of Anglo-African music all set in historical context and a message of morals,  prejudice, life struggles, heroism and patriotism. The production features Kate Henshaw, Carol King and O.C Ukeje.

So call, text, BB pin your friends and family because this stage show is one not to miss. There will also be a slave trade exhibition on all days of the play from 10 AM – 4 PM followed by a Martinee by 12 Noon. Tickets to the exhibition are available for N 5,000 (Adults), N 3,000 (Children) and N 2,000 (Excursion Only)

A Short Story of Samuel Ajayi Crowther
Young Ajai was captured at the tender age of fifteen and sold into slavery by Portuguese slavers. He served several masters in captivity, then he shipped en route Portugal after being freed by heroic British abolitionists and delivered to Sierra Leone. He was inducted into the Anglican Church where he earned the name “Samuel” and later became the first African Bishop. Filled with nationalist fervor, he translated the Bible into Yoruba – a Nigerian Language and pursued freedom and equality which no doubt nurtured his grandson – Herbert Macaulay.

Date: Tuesday 24th April 2012 – Sunday 29th April 2012
Time: Tuesday – Saturday 6 PM Daily | Sunday 3 PM
Venue: Agip Recital Hall, The MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos
Ticket Price: Students N 3000 | Adults N 5000 | VIP N 15000
Ticket Locations: You can get your tickets at the following locations;

  • The Green Park, 16 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Terra Kulture, Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
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  1. LPS

    April 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  2. traveller

    April 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    We need more plays like this–those that will teach us about history and inspire us to uphold those values cherished by men like Samuel Ajayi Crowther!

  3. maris

    April 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Nice, can’t miss this. Great job

  4. Mbulela

    April 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve got to see it this weekend.
    Been itching to see a Wole Oguntokun production.

  5. faith

    April 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm


  6. Olaoluwa Idowu Popooa

    April 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Good play act to have come out dis period of 9ja crisis, its a story dat 9ja can relates to any moments about the ways our leaders had been bad belle & corrupted leaders from years back . But must we pay our pocket out to learn about such history & be hugry rest of our Lyf .

  7. Vicky fray

    April 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Our cultural values must be brought back from the oblivion and be hyped in our lost tradition. kudos to wole oguntokun..

  8. Ms. Jayee

    April 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    And O.C gets to play Ajai? Who did the casting? don’t think OC was a good choice. Well, let’s wait and see his performance

  9. treasure

    April 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    sounds intersting!

  10. taiwo

    April 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This should be brilliant ! , I have seen the ‘ For colored girls’ and about a dozen of Wole Oguntokun productions and i can tell you he is brilliant at this , and i do not expect anything less, I have seen OC act and i think he will step up to this presentation……Cant wait !!

  11. bunmi

    April 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    i think oc is perfect for the role, he is a very talented actor. we need more stage plays in nigeria, and to cultivate the act of going for stage plays. our children dont know what we enjoyed while growing up watching lion and the jewel, the king must dance naked and other stage performances. this is a must see

  12. lammy

    April 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    ajai oo! i saw the last one in 2010 and it was fantastic. cant wait to see this

  13. Nugo

    April 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Doesn’t say whether this is suitable for children, based on the story, inclined to say it is.. but you never know. Any ideas anyone?

  14. thomason samuel wilfred

    June 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

    itz nice

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