For Baba Kekere, Wema Bank strengthens live theatre support
Wema Bank has reaffirmed the power of arts with its sponsorship of Baba Kekere, a play that chronicles the life and legacies of the late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, popularly known as ‘LKJ’ and ‘Baba Kekere’. He was a veteran journalist and former Governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983.
Produced by the Duke of Shomolu Productions, the play seeks to project contributions of Jakande, Lagos’ first civilian governor and a fine administrator with an unmatched leadership style. His contributions and values continue to be remembered in across the state and the country.
Speaking on the sponsorship, the bank’s Head, Brand Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Funmi Falola, said the bank is happy to be associated with ‘Baba Kekere’ project. She said the support reaffirms the commitment to promoting Nigeria’s culture and creative arts.
Falola, who extolled the virtues of Jakande, described him as a quintessential administrator worth emulating as a model by this generation and coming generations of leaders.
According to Falola, this is being done because of the legacies and visionary leadership and “excellence of the former governor of Lagos State. We share in the values he left behind, namely honesty and performance.”
She added, “It is the bank’s contributions to entrench a sustainable collaboration, encourage human capacity development, create employment opportunities, strengthen the arts industry, and promote live theatre. So, I urge everyone to come out en masse on the journey to re-live the memories of our heroes’ past as their good deeds shape our future.”
The bank has consistently redefined cross-industry collaborations by supporting stage plays, including Awo and Aremu, which were about the lives of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2021.
In 2017 and 2018, it supported the premiere of Hakkunde, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Isale Eko. Baba Kekere in 2022 is another in the line of many to come.
The play was on stage at the AGIP Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, on April 15 and 16. On May 2, Glover Memorial Hall, Customs Street, Lagos Island will host the final performance. Time is 6:00pm.