2016 Thalia Laureate and veteran playwright, Professor Femi Osofisan,
has said that the federal government must fulfill its promise of
establishing a National Endowment Art Fund as a major survival tool of
the arts in Nigeria.
Ex-President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Professor
Femi Osofisan spoke at the first International Association of Theatre
Critics (IATC) conference for Africa in Lagos.
Osofisan who spoke on how Theatre and performing arts can compete with
film, stand-up comedy, hip-hop music, global media (DSTV, GO TV),
particularly global sports, Pentecostal churches added that it has
lost its audience in the market.
He noted that the survival of theatre as an art form and its relevance
in the Nigerian society rests further on the shoulders of
practitioners and theatre critics on how to better communicate,
retrieve theatre-going audience, and recover its relevance in the
“The politics of survival is what we have to face. Of what relevance
is theatre, if only we in the industry watch it? Once you write your
criticism, think creatively of how we make it relevant to society, to
recover our relevant voices to aid our society, “Professor Osofisan
charged the newly trained critics.
Global president of the IATC, Margareta Sorenson while commending the
local organizers and supporters of the show such as the British
Council, National Theatre, Lagos Theatre Festival among others, said
IATC has steadily grown more international over the years. ELANZANEWS.M