Thursday 26 November 2015


This group had some theatrical stage performances at then French cultural center along Kingsway Road Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria and the German Cultural Center in Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria in 1993. The presentation of the collection of poems by Theo Alfred, a Ghanaian poet was sponsored by the two above named cultural centers. And the stage show was entitled ODE TO FREEDOM AND JOY which was a total theatrical experience involving acting, music and dance. The musical play had late Akwete Walas, Daniel Koranteng Crentsil, Olalekan Oduntan, Israel, Femi Crentsil, Blessing Crentsil and Gift Walas. 

I was the xylophonist for the production while Daniel Crentsil was on the conga. Late Akwete Walas was on the acoustic lead guitar while Israel played the bass guitar for the production. The poet of the day rendering so many stanzas from his book of the collection of poems which were being accompanied with good music to the delight of the wonderful audience was Theo Alfred. The dancers of the day were those three children in the picture who are all adult today, and they were Blessing Crentsil, Femi Crentsil and Gift Walas. 

And we had a week long of performances on stage at the French cultural center Ikoyi and German cultural center in Victoria Island back then. Our performances were very successful theatrically as we had enough people in the audience yearning for more shows. The book ODE TO FREEDOM AND JOY was also supported by the Association of West Africa Young Writers situated at Apapa Road Lagos, Nigeria then.

Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan

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