Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Blog Mates


Seun Kentebe (Samuel) converses with his employer, Lydia Johnson, J.P. (Taiwo Ajai-Lycett) in "The Inheritors"-The Muson Centre, December 2003. Written and Directed by Wole Oguntokun, produced by Jasonvision.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Funmilola Iyanda, Presenter/Producer of "New Dawn" on National TV and Wole- Xmas day.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Wole Oguntokun (in dark suit), the writer and director of "Gbanja Roulette" meets the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after a Command Performance at the Shehu Yar 'Adua centre in Abuja-October 2003. Gbanja is now part of the academic curriculum at the University of Ibadan

The Inheritors- December 2003

Friday, December 23, 2005

An African Christmas

Why sing we songs of mistletoe?
Why exalt we the pure white snow?
What meaning, tell, Rudolph's nose?
What romance bears fireside repose?
In an African Christmas.

Why not dream of harmattan air?
Why not laud bluest atmosphere?
Extol the smell of burning grass.
Sing you of dust not frost on glass
In an African Christmas.

It's not the seasons of the year
That tinge the wondrous Christmas air.
But Mary's infant meek and mild,
Praise then, all men, the Holy Child
In an African Christmas.

Oladejo Fabolude

Copyright ©2003 Oladejo Adebola Fabolude

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall after Rehearsals for "The Other Side"- October 2005


A medley

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cast Members of "Who's Afraid" at Curtain Call -July 2004

Professor Wole Soyinka a few days after his return from exile, meets Ponmile Oloyede, cast member of " Who's Afraid of Wole Soyinka", the stage play, after the first Command Performance at the Muson Centre in October of 1998. The Writer and Producer, Wole Oguntokun (in tie) is partially hidden. Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi in cap and glasses is in the background. Professor Soyinka was not to see the play again until his 70th birthday anniversary in July of 2004

Rage of the Pentecost (Renamed "The Return of Sogidi") A satire of the new church- Written and Directed by Wole Oguntokun-Premiere-August 2002 at The Muson Centre

A citizen of Kajero sees the lighter side of life- "Piper, Piper"- A stage adaptation of Robert Browning's "Pied Piper of Hamelin"- Written and Directed by Wole Oguntokun- Feb 2003

Premiere of "The Other Side" at the Muson Centre-Nov 2002. North America and Europe are destitute and Africa is the land of plenty. Darren Campbell (Tony Offiong), a white male (centre) comes to Lagos as an illegal immigrant in search of a better life and meets 2 ruffians, Kenneth Uphopho (left), and Osagie Okedigun (right)

Chris, Uzo, Dotun and Seun-Some members of the cast of "Gbanja Roulette"-Backstage at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, before a Command Performance-January 2004

(From left) Tyronne Terrence (Rosewood Media), Bunmi Davies (Afrotainment Productions), Wole Oguntokun (Jasonvision) and Kayode Peters (KP Cypress)- The founding member-houses of Theatre League Nigeria

The Cast and Crew of " Who's Afraid of Wole Soyinka?"- A stage drama satirizing the Nigerian military in politics- Written and Directed by Wole Oguntokun-The Muson Centre, Lagos- July 2004

The Trials of Brother Jero-Written by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and directed by Wole Oguntokun in July 2005 as part of "The Legend Series"

Once Upon Four Robbers-Written by Professor Femi Osofisan and Directed by Wole Oguntokun-October 2004

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Sacrifice

I saw a dog die yesterday
The dog was brown, a mild looking mongrel
A car hit it and sped on
Silent worshipper of Ogun*
But the dog lay still
…in pain that was mute
Then it wagged its tail,
A farewell.

© Wole Oguntokun

*Ogun- Western Nigerian god of Iron, worshipped with dog sacrifices

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Lone Traveller

I’m on a train journey that will never stop
A train, train journey on a rain, rain day
through the windows watching the leaves drop
swirling softly ‘fore a wind blows them away

I’m a lone traveller on a bleak landscape
A lone, lone traveller on a long, long trip
through tunnels, fields and by placid lakes
listening quietly as tracks and wheels grip

It’s a very dark day in a very far place
A dark, dark day in a hard, hard life
trying to be strong in a world’s vicious race
holding my head up in the midst of strife

Tomorrow, I’ll pass a land I do not know
As I’ve passed many cold, cold lands
bracing myself against the freezing snow
dreaming of love, warm oceans and sand

© Wole Oguntokun