Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I spent a great part of today with the Managing Director of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austyn-Peters, discussing how her arts and cultural centre on Victoria Island, could be a major supporter of "A Season of Soyinka", (4 of the master's works and one of mine 'Who's Afraid of Wole Soyinka?'). We got it all sorted- through the 5 Sundays of July, Terra will be the venue of "The Season...", the biggest theatrical celebration of WS in Nigeria in the recent past.
After taking important business lessons from Bolanle, I made her come into the gallery of her establishment and took pictures of her. Sometimes one forgets she's a lawyer too...all beauty and brains. The picture in the background is part of a photo exhibition at Terra by Hakeem Adedeji titled "Noblesse", showing five children of Northern Nigerian Royalty at the annual Durbar Celebration.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh thats a gorgeous picture in the background... great job papi

Araceli said...

I should at least see one play. So which one would you recommend?

Extend my greetings to BAP. I miss Terra Kulture too. My kids and I have been there for some pepper soup. God, I nearly jumped off my seat because the thing was reaaaaally HOT! But my kids loved it. I wonder when I again...

laspapi said...

Thanks ONB. You know I have that name for you now?

Araceli,I'll give a list of the plays soon, and then maybe the directors (I'm dividing labour, this time). No recommendations yet.

I'll salute BAP. Haven't tried the peppersoup yet but I suspect the bill for the food will make me jump off my seat.

Anonymous said...

lol... TELL ME... (impatiently waiting for my special name which reflects my extraordinary charm, beauty and wisdom... lol...not!... tell meeeee)

laspapi said...

ONB, do you know I called you by 'the name' on one of my posts here a few days ago? If you had clicked on the 'linked' name then, it would have taken you back to your blog.

The suspense serves you right for ignoring me for a few days :-D

I'll come on to your blog in a few hours and tell you what it is.

Your turn to learn the art of patience.

Mona said...

Awww must have been fun :o)

Anonymous said...

lol... you know that by writing that... i'm gonna go through all your archives and discover it.. only if you haven't changed it now ohhhh... then in that case.. .every 4 hours i'll come back here and bug you for it(shebi i warned you... lol).. and yes that is patient.. considering I could be doing it every 2 hours or 20 minutes... yes... very very patient... lol.

Anonymous said...

lol...I should abandon all this biochemistry wanna be a doctor stuff and just open up my own private investigation firm... COS I FOUND IT... oh i found it(i'm doing a serious makossa dance to celebrate)... yes... i found it... and the name is...............

laspapi said...

what's the name? Now you have to get me to explain the reason behind it, and that you won't find in the archives :-D

laspapi said...

the name has a yoruba version too. See what the archives wont show you?

Anonymous said...

lol.. ok you win.. cos I'm Igbo and I can't even translate it into Igbo... tell meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... the meaning of my name... the reason behind it.. the Yoruba version.. everything.. and of course I know what the name is(STORM!!!... lol.. i've never watched x-men but I think that's Halle Berry's name in the movie...I think).. does it have anything to do with that?

laspapi said...

ok, here are the reasons and it has nothing to do with the X-men. It's the impression I had of you as I came on your blog the first time and which still remains. (Next time you want this kind of info, you have to reach me on my yahoo! address).

I named you 'Storm' after the emotions you provoked in me as I read your posts that day; after the thoughts and emotions that sometimes trouble you and cause you pain when you're alone; and the ease with which you sometimes upend the sedate lives of others with your more risque posts.
Its for the way you laugh and for your sense of humour and the energy that radiates from you when all's well with your world.

In yoruba, you'd be "ijiyimika" which translates as "A Storm surrounds me". "Iji"-meaning storm.

You know what they say about originality? I'll apply it to my choice of this name. "Originality consists not in saying what no one has said before but in saying exactly what you think".

The deal we have with the play is still on. You'll see it once I sort its modalities here. Thank you for the song you dedicated to me.

You and I, friends for life, Storm. May I be useful to you someday.

Anonymous said...

You're one of the most beautiful people I know... I have no words...

laspapi said...

Thank you, Storm. That means a lot to me. You, more than anyone else, have shown me it is possible for minds and hearts to meet first, before actual persons do.

mimi said...

@ ur last comment: thats simply sweet..

laspapi said...

Thank you, mimi.