The Director General / Director General (CEO) of the National Theater, Professor Sunday Ododo and the former Director General of the National Theater, Professor Femi Osofisan were congratulated for their efforts towards the rebirth of the National Theater.
It was then that Ododo revealed that the theater had obtained a license to operate its own radio, adding that presidential approval was expected.
Speaking at a program marking the 45th anniversary of the National Theater and the first anniversary of Professor Ododo stationed in Lagos, the president of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Professor Duro Oni, said Osofisan deserved congratulations. to mobilize the press and other actors in order to prevent the concession of the theater to individuals.
Oni also congratulated Ododo for carrying out the ongoing renovation of the National Theater by the Committee of Bankers and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“We must congratulate the media and organizations that fought against the privatization of the National Theater. Osofisan refused to oversee the sale of the National Theater to business tycoons. He said that rather than the government conceding it, they should return it to the Lagos State government.
“I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Ododo is a man of the theater and he understands the theater and the ideas of theater management. Maintaining the building and keeping it running is a challenge. Funding is a challenge, but it can fund itself if it is in good repair and managed effectively, ”he said.
Presenting an article on “The National Theater: Past, Present and Future,” Professor Tunji Azeez from Lagos State University, Ojo urged the new theater leadership to keep up the tempo.
“It’s the only way to leave a legacy. If you leave an organization and don’t miss you, there’s a problem. We have to have iconic productions that people will remember. Are you making a profit? Are you customer oriented? If you are not ready, people will go elsewhere.
“It’s the ideas and the programs that you have that will get people here. It depends on what you have packed. In the face of globalization, you must embrace the Internet. Put young people on your board. They must have a sense of belonging. The new National Theater of our dreams does not have to sleep 24 hours. When people come up with ideas, give them their commissions. This will give them incentives. Let the place be a hub, ”he advised.
In his remarks, Ododo also revealed that he has secured the endorsement of sponsors for corporate partnerships for their programs, including Talent Hunt Project, Open Theater Series, Exhibition of Nigeria Royal Regalia, Skill Acquisition Academy, National Festival of Home and Flutes. , Durbar Sights and Sound, Cottage Theater Development series; Digital Music and Studio Projects and Annul Expo, among others.
“We are in the shadow of the ongoing renovation, redevelopment and rehabilitation of the National Theater. But the new National Theater is more than the building being rehabilitated; the event we have organized shows that it will be a mobile theater and the renovation in progress is not a hindrance to our vision because with a marquee, which we are currently installing on the lawn at the entrance ” C “, we will continue to operate our marquee programs for events as needed during the renovations. You are free to bring your events back to the National Theater as your success is crucial to the success we envision, ”he said.