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Duke of Shomolu production stages ‘Fajuyi’ in Lagos this Sunday


‘Fajuyi’, a new play production by Joseph Edgar, an influential theatre producer and investment banker, will stage in Lagos this Sunday November 5, 2023.

The staging of the play, which promises to be an evening of excellent theatre performances, will witness the presence of Biodun Oyebanji, governor of Ekiti State, as a special guest.

Fajuyi, which is written and directed by Rasaki Bakare Ojo, a professor, who is also the Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts and Culture, played to a full house at the Obafemi Awolowo Civic Centre, Ado Ekiti and left the audience in different stages of emotions as the tragic events surrounding the death of Adekunle Fajuyi, an Army Colonel, was relieved on stage.

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Adekunle Fajuyi, who was the Military Governor of the then Western Region, Nigeria, offered to be killed alongside Aguiyi-Ironsi,a general and the then Head of State, in a reprisal coup.

The Ekiti State command performance, which was seen by governor Oyebanji, the First Lady, Olayemi, members of the State Executive Council and other prominent indigenes of the state saw the governor pledging to refurbish the Adekunle Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti and also to seek a befitting monument that would be named after him by the Federal Government.

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The Lagos showing is expected to draw Abdulrasaq AbduRahman, Kwara State governor and chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Thomas Ironsi, an ambassador, representing the Ironsi family and also Donald Fajuyi, repressing the Fajuyi family.

According to Mofoluwake Edgar, who is the executive producer, “We decided to stage the play Fajuyi as a direct response to the events surrounding the last gubernatorial elections in Lagos, which created a rift along ethnic lines.

“The need to retell this story of courage and love for country became very imperative as a form of pushing National healing.”

The play parades a lot of veteran stars including; Yemi Shodimu, Muyideen Oladipupo and features Barbara Soky in a leading role.

The play is sponsored by Premium Trust Bank, MTN Foundation, Purple, Cruxstone and First Bank of Nigeria.