Wema Bank Supports Stage Plays on Awolowo, Obasanjo – THISDAY Newspapers

Lovers of art and culture in Nigeria, particularly the theatre, are in for some great and exciting moments as Wema Bank Plc is partnering to produce the stage plays on the lives of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The stage plays titled, “Awo” and “Aremu”, produced by The Duke of Shomolu with the support of the bank, will help people, especially the younger generation, understand the history and core values of the country, whilst enjoying learning about history and culture.
In a statement the bank said it anchored its support for the stage plays on the need to build a bridge between its cultural heritage and present-day Nigeria.
It said Nigeria’s history is incomplete without the mention of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a former Premier of Western Nigeria, and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who, through their selfless acts, have written their names in the sands of time.
The bank said its support for the arts, creativity, innovation, and entertainment was good for Nigerians as it would expand avenues for relaxation and escape from the hard issues that affect them.
“The bank’s support will also help to educate the younger generation and help them understand the history and core values of their country entertainingly. AWO is a play on the life of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Awolowo was a mercurial figure in the evolution of the Nigerian State.
The play will depict his soft side, with a spotlight on the quick rise of his wife, Chief (Mrs.) HID Awolowo, who stood by him through his challenging career as a state leader.
On the other hand, AREMU is a play on the life and times of Africa’s influential leader – Chief Olusegun Obasanjo – using perfectly curated songs, dance routines, and fluid storytelling. T
“The story takes us through his mystical birth, his peasant background, the errant stages of his adulthood, and his civil war years,” the bank said.
“Wema Bank has been supporting worthy efforts and initiatives in sports, education, arts and culture, and entertainment as part of its corporate social responsibility to help in nation-building,” it said.