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Bikiya Graham Douglas wraps up Beeta Playwriting Competition season 2


Actress, theatre producer and Chief Executive of Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF), Bikiya Graham-Douglas, on Wednesday delivered the second edition of her pet project, Beeta Playwriting Competition.

The event, which held at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos, attracted notable personalities, including actress and brand ambassador, Chioma Akpotha; a former editor of The Guardian (Jahman Anikulapo); actress, Ego Boyo, Theo Lawson of the Freedom Park and Head of Corporate Communication of Union Bank, Mrs. Ogochukwu Ekaidem.

The yearly competition was initiated by BUAF to create opportunities for emerging Nigerian residents and the Diaspora playwrights between ages of 18 and 45. The first edition, which had prolific and iconic playwright and dramatist, Professor Ahmed Yerima, as chair of the panel of Judges, saw Paul Ugbede emerge winner with his political drama, Our Son, the Minister.

But the winner this year is Kogi State-born Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim, whose play, Jagagba, was adjudged the winning entry by the panel of Judges also chaired by Yerima, with Ego Boyo, Ibiso Graham-Douglas, Kenneth Uphopho, Ayo Jaiyesimi and Husseini Shaibu as members. The winning entry came tops out of over 348 entries received by the secretariat for the second edition from 30 states.

For emerging winner, Ibrahim got a cheque of N1million, courtesy of Union Bank Plc, the main sponsors of the competition. Other sponsors and partners include Wapic, British Council, Paperworth Books, Ynaija, Terra Kulture, Olajide and Oyewole Legal Practitioners and The Guardian.

Bikiya assured at the close of the event that Beeta would continue to holistically impact the value chain of the performing arts industry, adding: “Our goal is to do more by empowering all players to include writers, directors, actors, students and other professionals in the ecosystem.

“To achieve this and as we seek to engineer social change through the arts, we would need supporters, partners and collaborators.”

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