Dance Drama – Obele And The Storyteller

“Obele and the Storyteller” by Oladipo Agboluaje; directed by Israel Eboh and produced by Bikiya Graham-Douglas led Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, is an exciting drama performance at the opening ceremony which will trace the history of information dissemination in Nigeria from our oral storytelling to the physical and now the digital book. This colorful show will feature live performances of praise singing, storytelling, traditional poetry, dances and other forms of arts. The play will also show how the book has contributed to development.

CREDITS

Bikiya Graham-Douglas – PRODUCER

Founder of Beeta Universal Arts Foundation is an Award winning Actress, Singer and Businesswoman. On completing a BA (Hons) Business Economics with Business Law degree from the University of Portsmouth, her talent gained her a scholarship at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Afterwards she trained in acting at the Oxford School of Drama and The Bridge Theatre Training Company respectively. Bikiya has starred in productions at prestigious London Theatres. Since returning to Nigeria, she continues to work as an actress, producer and mentors young people in the art.

Bikiya recently won the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award (AMVCA 2014) in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in the movie ‘Flower Girl’.

Bikiya is also a singer and loves to read.

Oladipo Agboluaje – WRITER

Oladipo studied theatre arts at the University of Benin. He has written professionally for over a decade for stage and radio. His stage plays include: Early Morning (Futuretense/Oval House), Mother Courage and her Children (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, national tour), The Estate (Tiata Fahodzi), God is a DJ, Knock Against My Heart (Theatre Centre), For One Night Only (PBAB), British-ish (New Wolsey Youth Theatre), Captain Britain (New Wolsey/Talawa), The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (Soho Theatre), The Hounding of David Oluwale (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, national tour), Iya-Ile – The First Wife (Tiata Fahodzi, Soho Theatre), The Garbage King (adaptation, Unicorn Theatre).

Oladipo has taught post-colonial literatures and creative writing in several institutions. He is a member of the African Theatre Association (AfTA).

Oladipo is an Alfred Fagon Award winner. He was also nominated for Olivier award in 2010 for his 2009 play Iya-Ile.

Israel Eboh – DIRECTOR

A Director, Producer, Art Administrator, Drama Teacher.

Israel is a thespian of forty years hands-on practice whose experiences span local and international stages. A theatre experimentalist committed and determined to use the art of drama to encourage and inspire change.

Israel has directed, produced, stage managed and acted in over sixty top class productions.