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The Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) has set in motion plans to celebrate the cultural master of stage theatre icon and playwright, Duro Ladipo, four decades after his transition.

This was unfolded yesterday by the anniversary committee chairman, Prof. Siyan Oyeweso, during a press briefing in Osogbo, Osun State capital, as part of activities heralding a week-long programme of 40th anniversary of the late Ladipo.

Oyeweso said the outstanding legacy of the late culture icon would be enunciated during the programme.

He expressed the centre’s readiness to immortalise Duro Ladipo cultural heritage, saying the centre was committed to the resuscitation of Duro Ladipo legacies.

According to Oyeweso, “we are working seriously in preserving the legacy left behind by our father who had impacted greatly to protect and promote the value and cultural philosophies of the stage theatre guru.

He added that the playwright, who spent his whole life in propagating Yoruba culture globally, has instilled the consciousness of Yoruba heritage in many people around the world.

He, therefore, called on the governors from the Yoruba-speaking states to make it a duty to immortalise the sage through award of prizes for the best students of Theater Arts in tertiary institutions in the South-West.

In a similar vein, Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare, who described the late Ladipo as embodiment of cultural heritage during his lifetime, said efforts were on top gear to rekindle the consciousness for stage drama in honour of the late dramatist.

He hinted that there would be a command performance of Ajagun Nla, which is one of the popular dramas the late icon wrote, noting that the play has been upgraded to meet the 21st century standard.

In her remarks, the widow of the culture icon, Mrs. Abiodun Duro Ladipo, urged government at all levels and other stakeholders to join hands in sustaining her late husband’s legacies.

Ladipo, who described her late husband as an ambassador of Yoruba cultural heritage, said there was the need for all and sundry to join hands in promoting the good work left behind by her late husband.

She bemoaned the rate at which Yoruba culture is going into extinction, adding that Yoruba-speaking states must wake up from their slumber and work to revive their rich culture.


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