By: Yinka Okeowo
‘Legends, Kings and Kingdoms: the Musical’ made a second coming during the Christmas holidays with an ecstatic performance that left the audience asking for more.
Sponsored by the MTN Foundation, the musical drama, put together by Seeing Through the Arts and Declassical Arts & Entertainment returned to the Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre in Lagos, recently after a successful debut in late October.
Co-directed by an alumnus of the MTN MUSON programme for creative professionals, Ayo Ajayi, the musical boasted such industry veterans as vocalist and lyricist Yinka Davies and Crown Troupe of Africa artistic director, Segun Adefila.
In the play, five African heroes: Nigeria’s Sango, Nana Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti in modern Ghana, Neferneferuaten Nefertiti of Egypt, Shaka, King of the Zulus in modern South Africa and Queen Amina of Zazzau in what is now northern Nigeria answer the call of a distressed priestess to save her people, ‘Modaland,’ from a common foe – the Shadow.
The second iteration of Legends saw added scenes, more dance routines and an enhanced stage set up to the show’s innovative plot that saw a cast of historical African figures prove yet again the power of love and unity in overcoming formidable odds.
Legends the Musical was part of the MTN Foundation’s Arts and Culture lineup of shows highlighting authentically Nigerian stories. In reiteration of the company’s commitment to the renaissance of arts in Nigeria, in the last quarter of 2018 alone, the Foundation has already sponsored such critically acclaimed shows as Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, the first run of Legends the Musical and Life in My City Art Festival in Enugu. Others are Our Son the Minister, the Made in Nigeria Poetry Show and Oba Esugbayi: The Play.
L-R: Scriptwriter of ‘Legends the Musical’, Paul Ugbede; Producer and Co-director, Ayo Ajayi; Director, MTN Foundation, Dennis Okoro; Co-Director of ‘Legends the Musical’, Gbenga Yusuf; Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma; Tunde Oduwole and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, Jumoke Oduwole, at the premiere of the MTNF sponsored ‘Legends the Musical’ at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, recently.