Honour for Zara Abimbola Ejoh on World Theatre Day
Stage and screen actress, Zara Abimbola Kokomma Udofia-Ejoh, got the right icing on her career cake when on Tuesday, March 27, at the Muson Centre in Lagos, she was declared the only recipient of the Chairman’s Gold Service Award of this year’s World Theatre Day Commemoration.
The Battle Ground actress was recognised for her consistency, dedication and contributions to the growth and development of the theatre profession in Nigeria.
Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Adeniran Makinde, had hinted at the well-attended ceremony, which featured the command performance of two plays by the Lagos State Council for Arts and Council and the Ghana National Drama Ensemble, that Zara was being recognised for “bridging the generational gap and for her unwavering commitment to the development of theatre in Nigeria.”
According to him: “Zara has been so consistent. I have followed her from when she joined in 22 years ago to this point where she combines acting both on stage and screen so well with being a theatre producer.
“I think she deserves to be recognised for her contributions, so that she can continue to do more for the profession.”
In her acceptance speech, Zara, in all black attire, accompanied by her husband, Torisetju, himself an actor and theatre producer, thanked NANTAP for the recognition.
She said: “I am overwhelmed. Was not expecting this. But thank you NANTAP. This is a call to greater service.”
Star of 93 Days and many other screen and stage productions, Zara, the last of seven children born to the Udofias from Ikot Ibiok in Eket Council of Akwa Ibom State, but now married into the Delta tradition, is a gifted and competent performer who has a credit pouch filled with quality local and international productions.
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