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