By Chinelo Chikelu, Abuja.
Project Nigeria@60 is set to unveil a large painting titled The New Nigeria On Canvass and playwright, Ahmed Yerima’s Brittle-ing Diamond to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day.
The huge painting will be an offshoot of the Unity Painting Competition of the Open-Door Series’ The Future Is Now programme which encourages young Nigerian artists to paint images of the Nigerian society they believe where, peace, unity and justice reigns.
Produced by Foluke Michael, and coordinated by Olusegun Al-Maroof, the competition, will choose six team leads selected from the six-geopolitical zones, who will then select nine other artists from across their zone to create their own representation of the Nigeria they envision.
To lead the creation of the 3 by 4 feet painting are Abdullahi Garba (Jigawa, North); Usman Usman (Gombe, North East); John Ali (Nasarawa, North Central); Akan Edem David (Uyo, South/South); Ifedilichukwu Chibuike (Enugu, South East); and Ashaka Victory (Badagry, Lagos, South West).
Aimed at promoting creative youth’s inclusion in national discourse, as well as the use of art for the peace initiative, the 60 participating artists were meant to be trained on entrepreneurism skills to help them build the future they have envisioned.
Entries made by the various zones can be viewed in a 90 days exhibition opening October 1.
Also set to premiere virtually on Independence Day, is academician and veteran playwright, Ahmed Yerima’s Brittle-ing Diamond. Brittle-ing Diamond is Yerima’s re-work of his play Mirror Crack and is brought to screen by Project Nigeria@60 Open Door Series.
Not everything about the Nigerian Military is bad. Brittle-ing Diamond tells the story of the role of the Nigerian military in the redemption of the Nigerian state from dissolution less than seven years after her independence; their role in the return to and sustenance of democracy in the country, and the sacrifices the military continues to make in the protection of the nation in times of war and internal conflicts. One of the sacrifices highlighted is the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) silently suffered by military officers.
However, the play balances these good parts with the other side of the military, that results from its interference in politics, its involvement in partisan politics where just as an average politician it takes advantage of the weaknesses in the country to loot and waste Nigeria’s resources.
The play is produced by Ayobamidele Aladekomo and Teju Kareem, directed by Niji Akanni and specifically performed for digital viewing by the Segun Adefila youth-focused performing group, Crown Troupe of Africa.
Project Nigeria@60 is supported by five leading women producers wearing various hats in the project: Lilian Amadi (project producer), Dr. Razinat Talatu-Mohammed (associate producer, adjudication), Ayobamidele Aladekomo (associate producer, Theatre for Nigeria@60), Haneefat Ikharo (associate producer, Essay: The Future Is Now) and Lynda Amadi (associate producer, marketing).