Prominent Nigerians have applauded the high-quality production of a stage play “A Truth in Time”, to celebrate the time and life of Emir Sanusi.
The play was written by Ahmed Yerima, a Professor of Drama at the Redeemer University, Ede, and produced by Mr. Joseph Edgar, Executive Chairman, Duke of Somolu Productions.
Olusegun Awolowo, the Executive Director/CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), described the play as interesting and facilitating.
“It’s a fantastic production, telling the story from the perspective of the (palace guard) Dogaris was brilliant, the use of English and the conversation was brilliant, ” he said.
Also commending the cast and crew was the former Minister for Trade and Commerce, Atedo Peterside.
He said: “ Very good, well done, historical, also futuristic, and finally it helps to tell a story of the generation.
“The younger generation can learn a thing or two about the Emir and what he stands for. ”
In his remarks, Edgar said that the decision to do a play about Sanusi, a 1976 Kings College alumni, was because of his doggedness, courage, and his love for the girl-child and equality among men and women.
“Some people from both the ruling party and the opposition will call us and give us money so we can have a stage production in their honor, but we refused.
“We believe in what the Emir stands for, his principles, Emir is fearless, he speaks for the voiceless,” he said.
Some of the dignitaries, who graced the occasion were Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank; Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO) of Access Holdings Plc.; Sisi Abah Folawiyo and Onari Duke.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day stage play was held simultaneously on Saturday and Sunday in Lagos and Abuja.
Emir Sanusi 11 was crowned on June 8, 2014, and was dethroned on March 9, 2020, by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje due to criticism against the government and some of its policies.