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MAKINDE ADENIRAN

MAKINDE ADENIRAN fta

A MAN OF SO MANY COLORS

“I am not interested in living in a city where there isn’t a production by Samuel Beckett running.” ― Edward Albee

Makinde Adeniran FTA- Secretary to the National Association Theatre Art Practitioner organization, National, is a Dramatist, Social critic, Broadcaster. Born in Ogun State, South west of Nigeria. Worked with several international and reputable organizations and individuals.
He has in his àpò (pocket) though he is not àníkúlápò so many tittles and accolades:
Actor, Art Director, Business Affairs Consultant, Casting Director, Dramaturge, Film/theatre Journalist, Playwright and Theatre Director.

Has directed and been part of: Things Fall Apart the Musical, Several HIV/AIDS campaign playlets, Death and the king’s horseman, The gods are not to blame, Who’s afraid of Solarin, Jesus Christ superstar (opera), TAI (EXPLA-FEST),Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dream coat, Opera Wonyosi, Alente Tatakume (Musical drama), The mote in the eyes (Int’l Theatre Day Drama- NANTAP),TCF Docu-film, National Arts Festival 2007 (Ogun state), Return of the golden sword (An Ivy – Museum project),Sango (Film), A resting place (NANTAP’s Festival of Arts play, FESTINA 2004), Wedlock of the gods, Relentless (Casting), Khaki-a-go-go (a Dance Opera), SARO the musical 2013/14 , Awo the Musical ,and many others on the trail .

Unpublished works, Abiku (a stage adaptation of Ben Okri’s The Famished Road), Beggars’ Opera, I Confess, Alamori, The Signs Are Always There (A memoir), Rinkerindo (musical), Small Boy (film) and many other Wonderful projects he is involved.  

He has been part of like the NUVISION tv drama where he was the Project Consultant, STV rebrand as Writer/Editor, BBC / Revue Noir, France / COMPASS Nigeria, Revue Noir (a Paris arts magazine), Story, Story (BBC Voices radio project), Reformatory works, KO-KO-KA (COMPASS-IRI project), International Theatre Institute Paris, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, Actors’ Equity, Federation of International Actors up and many others

He is the GREEN ÀRÁBÁ, MAKINDE ADENIRAN Fta

MAKINDE ADENIRAN

Sir Praise Charles Ekeng

GOND,IABD,CID CLT

Asst Artistic Director Manga African Dance, Atlanta and Co-Founder & Director Ijo-Ugo Performing Arts, Ohio

Sam Uche Anyamele

Sam Uche Anyamele, a Christian and an ordained Minister (Deacon) with RCCG, Happily Married and a Father, Born in Lagos, Nigeria from Isi – Mkporobe Asa Autonomous Community in Ukwa East L.G.A of Abia State, Nigeria on January 27, 1982.

He is the MD/CEO of SUA-GLOBAL INFINITY CONCEPTS, a company created amidst other enterprising functions/merchandise to provide solutions for productions (stage & screen), content development, projects, et al (Manages, Produces & Consults at large).

Sam Uche, a Quintessential Thespian/Artiste and Filmmaker with over 200 Productions as a Cast/Crew Member, Multi-Lingual, Multiple Award Winning and Multi-Talented Performing Artiste cum Instrumentalist, an Actor/Director, a Producer, a Motivator, Facilitator, Mogul, Model, M.C (Compere par Excellence), with membership at various related/allied associations in the Creative Community / Culture Sector and Entertainment Industry at large.

Sam Uche, the United Democratic Party {UDP} Governorship Candidate for Lagos State in 2019 General Elections, served as the Secretary General, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners {NANTAP}, a member of The College of Screeners / Sub-Jury of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Diretor of Communications and Member, Jury – Eko International Film Festival, Member Jury of Universal Movie Awards (UNIMA), a standing member/Head of Jury for ODAA Awards, ACMA Awards & HomeVida Awards – a platform for young and enterprising script-writers/filmmakers. He was a Celebrity Guest/ Regional Judge in a Reality TV Project (AMBO, 2009). He was one of the NOLLYWOOD DELEGATES for the celebration of NIGERIA @ 50 under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, RISEÂ’s Nominee for Nigeria Youth (BRF-2011), also an Associate Producer In THE NEXT MOVIE STAR in 2012, GoogleÂ’s Guest on NOLLYWOOD / SID 2014-2015.

Sam Uche, Guest Lecturer/Facilitator at the Africa Cinematography Festival (ACF) and The Centenary Project, an Initiative of The School Of Media And Communication {SMC}, Pan-Atlantic University. These reality shows and engagements have identified, trained and groomed young vibrant talents / artistes in the Entertainment Industry and the Arts and Culture Sector at large.

Sam Uche , A Honourary Doctorate Degree Holder (Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Leadership) from Evangel Christian University of America (ECUA) Monroe, Louisiana, USA: Its Affiliate: Rescuer School of Theology and Chaplaincy Institute (Trinity Faith Bible Seminary) in Conjunction with Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU).

Sam Uche , a member of the Governing Council and Fellow {Director of Programmes} of African Institute of Enterprise Development and Management (AIEDM) ; A Fellow and Registrar of African College of Entrepreneurs; A Fellow of The Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria; A Fellow status as Certified Professional Enterprise Manager, et al. He also serves as a Board Member/Director on other enterprises. A member of Academy of Entrepreneurial Studies,A Member of Nigeria Association for Educational Administration And Planning,A Member of Commonwealth Council For Educational Administration and Management,A Member of Professional Association of Curriculum Theorists and Practice, A recipient of DAMA {Development in Africa Merit Award – Under the corporate seal of Delta Business School}; EALA (40 under 40 – Emerging African Leadership Awards). A Leadership Merit and Service Award from African Youth Society and Global Unity Foundation.

Sam Uche , a Practice Manager with SRQ Law Office, Ikoyi – Lagos, a member of BoT – SON BATA Nigeria – International, The Secretary to BoT Orient Progressives Social Forum,Cultural Ambassador for NICO {National Institute for Cultural Orientation},a Leadership member-cadre of LG-Rhythms Foundation {NGO}, He was appointed as an Ambassador for AIDPVF (African Internally Displaced Persons Voice Foundation) and MADEMOISELLE Foundation – A Girl Child education advocacy in Northern Nigeria, a Brand Ambassador for Johnmax Properties and Pumoh Online Stores et al…

Sam Uche, at present is an Adjunct Lecturer/Examinations Invigilator of the Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education – Institute of Continuing Education – Sandwich Programme, Distance Learning Institute {DLI} and School of Foundations – JUPEB, University of Lagos. He was also the immediate past Vice Chairman of the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. (Lagos State Branch).He is at present the Ag. Secretary of Abia Think Tank Association.

Sam Uche , An Alumnus of the University of Lagos with a B.Sc (Ed) (Hons) in Business Education, a Professional Diploma in Advertising and Promotions Management from the Mass Communications Department of University of Lagos, a Post-Graduate Diploma In Cultural Administration from National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) affiliated to the Department of Theatre Arts and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, a MasterÂ’s Degree (M.Ed) in Educational Administration & Management from the Department of Educational Planning & Administration (UNILAG); a MasterÂ’s Degree (M.Sc) (Ed) (Hons) (Marketing Option) Business Education, Unilag, an Advanced Diploma (Distinction) in Theology from Redeemed Bible College (RCBC), a Certificate in COPYRIGHT-X from Havard Law School in affiliation with Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies(NIALS), an M.Phil in Business Education, Unilag and a Ph.D in Business Education, Unilag (In-Progress)

JAHMAN OLADEJO ANIKULAPO

JAHMAN OLADEJO ANIKULAPO studied Theatre Arts with specialty in Directing; and Dramatic Theories and Criticisms at the University of Ibadan (1983 -86).

He has been an Arts and Culture Journalist for over two and a half decades, writing mostly on the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literature and Cultural Affairs. He worked as the Arts and Media Editor of The Guardian (Daily) between 1993 and 2003. He was the Editor of The Guardian on Sunday and The GuardianLife magazine from March 16, 2003 to January 15, 2013.

He was trained professionally in theatre performance, production and management in the Kakaaki Arts Kult, headed by Benson Omowafola Tomoloju right from leaving Secondary school, and was weaned in culture production, advocacy, art criticism and journalism by Tomoloju, who remains his mentor, model and greatest influence and inspiration to date.

Between 1983 and 1986, he was an actor and assistant Stage/Production Manager with the Ajo Productions and the Ajo Festival of Plays, 1986 led by Jide Ogungbade and facilitated by Fred Agbeyegbe. From 1995 through 2002, he was Actor and Asst. Director and Production Manager for the AFRIKA PROJEKT, an inter-cultural dialogue between Germany and Nigeria through theatre, and which toured both cities of Nigeria and Germany in 1996, 1998 and 2000. He was Assistant Director/Producer of ASKARI, the International Committee for the Red Cross/Nigeria Red Cross Society ‘Vote for Tolerance’ project that toured 22 states of Nigeria, led by Ben Tomoloju. He has also at different times toured Germany and Mexico with the National Troupe of Nigeria as an actor and dancer.

Aside an active theatre and journalistic life, he also operates as a Culture Activist and Programmist with input into some notable ideas and projects (private and public) that have helped define the character as well as shape the development of Nigeria’s Arts and Culture scene.
He has worked extensively on the Cultural Policy of Nigeria since 1988 when the first workshop towards its implementation was held. Subsequently, the various strategic meetings and conferences that have been held towards reviewing the Policy to meet up with the demands of modern society have benefited from his intervention, especially focusing on the economic context of Culture Production. He has served in various UNESCO committees, particularly the series held under the aegis of the World Decade for Culture and Development (1988-1997) and others. He served in the Culture Sub-Committee of the Tony Blair Commission for Africa.

The past five years has seen him working more in the area of Creative Industries in the context of contemporary national economy. He has participated in various seminars, conferences and workshops on the Creative industry. He was one of the resource persons towards the establishment of the Creative industries of Nigeria, CIN, designed to serve as a platform for mapping and harnessing the economic potentials of the culture producing communities. He was also a resource persons at the ‘Untapped Resources: Culture in Economy’ conference that was organized and promoted by the Ford Foundation.

In 1999, he was invited by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments to revive the Museum Society Group – a body set up to ensure greater participation of the community in the affairs of the Museum. And for this mission, he co-led (with his best dream-sharer, Toyin Akinosho) the prime Culture Advocacy group in Nigeria, the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA (winner of the Prince Claus Award, 2006), to launch the yearly Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF, on the premises of the National Museum Lagos. The motivating objective was to deploy the instrumentality of the Creative sector to help increase the human capital resources of the country in the process of nation building, especially in the era of knowledge economy. The LABAF has become the prime festival of the creative industry, attracting about 5000 mixture of school pupils, students and adults in its usual four-day duration.

He played key role in the conceptualization, organization and execution of the presidential artistic initiative called Bring Back the Book; as well as facilitating the first Presidential Dinner for the Creative Industry in 2010, which was graced by about 400 artists and culture producers from around the country.

He is the Programme Chair of the prime Culture and Arts Advocacy organization, the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA; and also one of the three founders, directors of the iREP Documentary Film Forum, organizers of the yearly iREP Documentary Film Festival. He also advises on Programming content for the Freedom Park Nigeria, the alternative culture and performance space located in the Central Business District of Lagos.

In past five years, he serves as an assistant to the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka on the direction and coordination of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival, LBHF.

He is Founder/Executive Programme Director of the Culture Advocates Caucus, CAC, which specialises in Culture and Art programming, management and advocacy

AMB. Abel Utuedor DAgondp

Born Delta State boy, who attended Senegal’s School of Choreography.

AMB. Abel Utuedor, the choreographer of a feast of return had his early training under Muyiwa Oshinaike and spent almost two decades in the theatre with vast experience across Arica and Europe working with renowned award-winning directors and choreographers like Susan links, Peter Badejo, Clued Brumacheon, Christopher Abdul Yissa Onibasa, Arnold Udoka and Bayo Odunaya.

Utuedor’s dancing credits include Symphony of Fire Gore, Odunfa, The lion and the jewel and an original piece of his own, bringing painting to life.

Amb. Abel started his dance career about 30 years ago with the group called Giant Pictures from where he proceeded to Black Marble to begin his professional career under Muyiwa Oshinaike. Abel has worked as a freelance dancer, choreographer with National Troupe and he was one of 10 African dancers selected to feature in French cultural centre project.

He is one of the most recognized dancers and choreographers in Nigeria today.

• His latest works include the following and not limited to: KAKADU THE MUSICAL, SARO THE MUSICAL, CENTENARY WORK ’’Nigeria At 100’’ and many more .

In 2010, he won the best choreographer award with his choreography in ‘’FEAST OF RETURN’’

Seyi Fiye

Renowned Yoruba Actor / Event Manager/ Producer

Aiming at a constant upgradation of both professionally as well as personally with highest emphasis on hard work in order to make significant contribution to the Industry and drive professional satisfaction.

With over two decades of experience in movie Acting and have been part of many theater productions in Lagos.

A member of TAMPAN and has led many creative planning committees.

Victor OYEBODE

Stage Name :- Boy ALINCO

I’m everything called ENTERTAINMENT … I’m an Actor, a chef, a lecturer, a motivational speaker, song composer, Mc etc.. making people happy is my deal and I love to impact lives positively…

After all, EVERY HUMAN IS A SOLUTION TO ONE PROBLEM…

Mathew Shatim

Drummer, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer

Maureen Okpoko

Maureen Okpoko is a popular Nigerian actress who is widely known for her excellent acting performance.

Discover some quick information about Maureen Okpoko:

In 2013, she starred in Golden Egg, which also featured Justus Esiri.

Okpoko has also featured in several Nigerian television series including Dear Mother, Clinic Matters, Neta, University Mafias, Sorrowful Child, Sacrifice the Baby, Red Scorpion and Baby Oku. In 2015, she acted alongside Majid Michel and Beverly Naya in The Madman I Love.

Okpoko was also one of the cast members in Uche Jombo’s Good Home (2016), which featured Okey Uzoeshi and Seun Akindele. The film plot addressed human trafficking from the Nigerian perspective.

Okpoko is a native of Anambra State. She is of Nigerian and Jamaican descent

Seyi Fasuyi, fta

A trained Arts Practitioner. His professional experience spans about 3 decades as an Actor, Director, Producer, Deviser, Poet, etc, on Stage, Television, Film, Documentary, Docu-drama, Radio, Experiential, etc.

His forte is in devising research-based Integrated Development Communication Initiatives on varied subjects across diverse Arts platforms for advocacy towards attitudinal change.

He is a Cultural Administrator and a Social worker. CEO, Mind Katalist Initiatives (MKI). A former Chairman of NANTAP Lagos Chapter and a Fellow of Theatre Arts (fta).

Facebook – Seyi Fasuyi
Twitter – @Sefash
Instagram – Seyi_fasuyi
email – seyifash@hotmail.com
shaifash@gmail.com

Ajayi Kehinde Joseph

Bsc(Ed), NCE, OND, Grd 2Cert.

Former: Asst. Deputy Director of Education.
’80-’04 As a class teacher
’04-’15 As headteacher (Art & Crafts Centre Somolu)
Activities:-
’97-’05 Social Sec. NUT Somolu
’01-’04 PA to State Chairman, NUT
’07-’11 Pub. Sec. All headteachers in Somolu
’12-’15 Secretary all headteachers in Somolu

Introduced Performing Arts to all Pry Schools in Somolu in collaboration with Theatre Centrik Director Mr Tony Biyi

Introduced Theatre Centrik to NUT functions both at the local and state level.

Remmy Shitta Bey

Yoruba Actor, aka Bayo Omo Iya Aje,

With over two decades on his shoulder as a professional actor.

Hes a Lagos State-born role interpreter with many experience.

Hes an actor, a film-maker/producer, Director

Steve James fta

Director, Ivory Ambassador, 
former President Dance Guild of Nig.

Lecturer: Federal University of Lafia

Om'Oba Jerry Adesewo

Founder /Artistic Director Arojah Royal Theatre

Nero Sexy

Neros Just Dance Entertainment is a registered dancing company, where we train and also promote dancers who want to take it as their proffesion and also bring out the best in them.

We have performed in and outside of the country , our professionalism and commitment has won us lots of achievements and numerous opportunities

Amb Cornel Udofia

CEO CMC -Cornel Media Consult

One of Nigeria’s great publicist , Ambassador Cornel Udofia is well known in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Cornel Udofia is an entertainment publicist who has contributed so much to making many Nollywood stars into what they are today.

Though he has received several awards from different organisations for his impressive contributions to the growth of the movie industry.

Segun Adefila DAgondp

A writer, poet, dancer, director, actor.

An artist of Nigerian origin.

His first encounter with the arts started from his childhood in his ancient hometown of Omu Aran in Kwara State (North Central Nigeria), where as a child he danced with masquerades during traditional festivals.

This background has greatly influenced his art as a performance artist with a remarkable awareness of the potency of the arts as a veritable tool for social rejuvenation.

He had his informal training in theatre with Black Image Theatre Company after which he became a co-founder and artistic director of the Crown Troupe of Africa with a couple of friends in June 1996. In his quest for knowledge in the arts of theatre, Segun Adefila studied for a certificate in Drama from the defunct Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos in 1997 and later obtained his B.A (2.1-Second Class Upper Division) in Creative Arts from the same institution in 2002.

He is the founder of Crown Troupe of Africa and presently owned a ART FACTORY IN BARIGA , LAGOS.

Amb Brendan Nsikak

He is an Outreach Ambassador with Community NetHUBs Africa and a worthy Ambassador of the Culture Games Africa (CUGA). He is a Dance Associate, Guild of Nigerian Dancer’s (GOND).