Grounded again, veteran artiste, Ogundaisi needs your support to stand
Yinka Ogundaisi, veteran artiste, culture and entertainment public policy architect, media analyst, administrator and consultant needs your financial assistance to be able to stand up and walk again.
The Guardian gathered that Ogundaisi is unable to use his legs to walk and is confined to bed pending when he can get necessary fund for an immediate surgery, failing, which he stands the risk of permanent paralysis and not being able to walk for the rest of his life.
Although some of his colleagues are said to have supported him initially, he still needs some money for full treatment. It was gathered that he had complications of twisted intestines, hernia and enlarged prostrate in 2013. But, this time, his illness is the result of intermittent back pains he has had for more than 30 years. “Whenever I experienced it, I usually took it as a sign of stress to take things easy. It never occurred to me that the pains and ageing process combined were gradually twisting the vertebrates out of their sockets. Now the back bones have collapsed to trap the nerves and I must have immediate financial support to undergo the urgent surgery while the nerves and back bones could still be repaired,” he said when the illness first occurred.
Ogundaisi, an actor, writer and director of films and TV and Radio programmes, was the next actor to play the legendary Sango in Oba Koso after late Chief Duro Ladipo. He resuscitated and repackaged the longest-running Yoruba TV programme, Feyikogbon. He was also a member of cast of The Village Headmaster. He had also authored a crime fiction novel, The Charmed Lock (Agadagodo), built on African hypnotism.
On the Federal and state governments policies for arts, culture and entertainment, Ogundaisi was on the Nigerian Film Corporation, NFC’s coordinated Pat Utomi’s Committee on the Funding for Nigerian films (2006). He served as the technical consultant to the Emeka Mba-led National Films & Video Censors Board (2006 – 2011) and was the architect of the board’s “New Distribution and Exhibition Framework”, executed many top management staff and directors trainings for Dr. Silas Yisa’s National Broadcasting Commission. In 2018, he packaged the “Annual Legacies Carnivals” for Oyo State to solve the perennial communal violence that attended the yearly masquerades festivals celebration in Oyo State.
Since 1986, Ogundaisi had been doing independent policy analysis on arts, culture and entertainment mainly for The Guardian Newspapers and in subsequent years other national newspapers. He single handedly revived his theatre father, late Chief Duro Ladipo’s troupe, staging to critical public applause, his epic; The King Did not Hang (Oba Koso). He was a part of the artistic ensemble put together by the Federal Government ahead of Festac 1977 and which served as the forerunner of what is known as National Troupe today.
From National Theatre, he moved to the National Museum where under the direction of the legendary Tunde Kuboye he led the Museum’s Kitchen resident theatre group, ‘Organization for Young Artistes’ as a rudimentary training platform for young talents intended on either the pursuit of academic and or performing careers in the arts, culture and entertainment. A product of this group was late Bassey Effiong, a former director of Arts in Cross Rivers State, and trainer of many frontline artistes. An offshoot of this theatre was Gongon Cultural Group, also based at the Museum Kitchen.
In the year 2000, he launched the three-pronged ART, African Repertoire Theatre, comprising the staging of epics particularly of the late theatre fathers, Global Children Theatre as an art and cultural platform for children from all parts of the world to meet and interact, and Big Screen to premiere new movie releases
His direct movie productions are: Give and Take – 1990 (Pre Nollywood), Destiny – 1995, Hostess – 1999, Ọmọge (Damsel) – 2007, Pardonable, Unforgiveable – 2016, Happy Homes (a drama series once aired on DSTV and now running on NTA 2 Lagos, Fridays 8pm.
Assistance to the artiste can go to this account name and number: Olayinka Ogundaisi, GTBank, 0009431547.
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