The Anthem goes live in Abuja

Yinka Davies

Nigeria’s National Anthem has continued to inspire patriotism since its adoption as the country’s national hymn in 1978.

The two-stanza song will get a gripping theatrical makeover in a new stage play entitled The Anthem on Sunday, October 14, at the NAF Events Centre, Kado, Abuja.

The National Orientation Agency and Small Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) endorse The Anthem as part of the 58th Independence Day Celebration and almost 20 years of continuous democracy in Nigeria.

Produced by WR Productions, the stage presentation is brought to life by a star-studded line of thespians that include Yinka Davies, Wale Rubber, Dayo ‘Doxa’ Benjamins-Laniyi, Lovette Otegbola, Chimela Azurunwa, Ben Ogbeiwi and Thin Tall Tony.

Speaking about the production, Producer and writer, Funke Sodade described the play as an inspired production that all Nigerians must see.

“The Anthem’ is a very rich story about Nigeria that draws characterisation from the National Anthem.

We are delivering an epic tale that portrays a utopian Nigeria where fault lines do not exist.

In between rehearsals, it’s been an inspired atmosphere even among the cast and crew.

We are pumped up about what Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike are about to see in The Anthem.”

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