• Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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‘Awo’ to stage at London’s Shaw theatre this May

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… as The How Foundation backs stage production

The How Foundation, a not-for-profit vehicle, has pledged its support for ‘Awo’, a highly anticipated stage play, which is set to captivate audiences at London’s iconic Shaw Theatre on May 18, 2024, in Euston, London.

In a statement by Mofoluwake Edgar, managing director of the Duke of Shomolu Foundation, the driving force behind the project, The How Foundation, which was envisioned by Herbert Wigwe, the late iconic banker and entrepreneur, reinforces its commitment to Nigerian youth, health and education by promoting Nigerian arts and culture as a strong platform of engaging its three focal areas of intervention.

The strategic partnership aligns with The How Foundation ‘s ongoing efforts to bolster its vision by joining a distinguished roster of corporate sponsors including Access Bank UK in bringing the beloved musical “Awo” to London’s stage.

Making its international debut this season, “Awo” follows three immensely successful runs in Lagos and Ikenne, the hometown of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, whose life and legacy are vividly portrayed in the play.

The Ikenne performance was graced by Chief (Mrs.) Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, the last surviving daughter of Chief Awolowo and Chairperson of The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation. Previous showings have drawn prominent figures such as Yemi Osibajo, former vice president, Femi Gbajabimiala, chief of staff to the president of Nigeria, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, who are both former governors, among others.

Additionally, the production will be preceded by The Duke’s Economic Summit, focused on the Nigerian creative sector, with the theme “The Creative Industry: A Driver of Economic Growth.” Confirmed speakers include; Khalifa Mohammad Sanusi II, the 14th Emir of Kano; Kola Adeshina, member, Presidential Economic Coordination Council; Abike Dabiri, chairperson, National Diaspora Commission; and Bimbo Olashore, deputy president, Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce, among others.

“Awo” for the London stage is produced by Heavy Winds UK under franchise from The Duke of Shomolu Foundation.