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Obasanjo’s life story play, ‘Aremu’ on stage



Even with a complete biography of his life in his book titled ‘My Watch,’ former President Olusegun Aremu Matthew Obasanjo left out a lot about his very personal life as influenced by his family, culture and environment, making him the enigma that he is today.

A stage play titled ‘Aremu’ captured this aspect very aptly, last Sunday at Glover Memorial Hall, Marina, to a huge audience.

Written and directed by Prof. Ahmed Yerima and produced by The Duke of Shomolu Theatre Productions, ‘Aremu’ takes the audience through the mysterious birth of Obasanjo, showing his growing up years, touching the very deep and rich trado-cultural ethos that moulded, as well as, guided him through his very sojourn in life.


Scene to scene, the audience was taken through very explosive uptakes culminating in a fiery scene where a real life Sango comes on stage in a fire eating and spitting orgy of drama.

As the play has been showing every Sunday this month, the production company also has a sequel to ‘Aremu,’ titled ‘Awo,’ slated to start showing first week of September, at the same venue.

According to the Executive Producer, Joseph Edgar, “the two plays have been positioned to rekindle in Nigerians not only the optimism that is much needed at this time but to also portray the leadership ethos that guided both styles of leadership with the hope that upcoming Nigerian leaders would emulate.”

Obasanjo will be honouring Edgar as he leads Nigerians to view the exciting new play, Aremu, on Sunday at the same venue.


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