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Obasanjo’s prison experiences hit the stage in Lagos

Executive Producer, Gula, Mr. Tunde Oduwole (left); wife of former President, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo; Obasanjo; and actor, Mr. Tunji Sotimirin, at a press conference to announce Gula!… in Lagos

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the state of prisons, stressing that their deplorable condition makes any inmate who comes out of it to be hardened instead of being remorseful and repentant of his crime. The former president stated this last week in Lagos at a briefing to announce the staging of a play Gula! that chronicles his experiences in prison during Gen. Sani Abacha’s reign of terror.

According to him, the prisons are yet to play their major roles of punishing, correcting, reforming and rehabilitating inmates to the society. He noted that prisons across the country are populated more by youths in their 20s and 30s, and called on families and concerned bodies, including religious organisations, to pay more attention to the youths, as they are the pillars of society.

Based on a book, The Story of Baba Ali, that unveils some of the prison experiences of the former president, the stage performance starts from Saturday, September 30 to October 8, at Terra Kulture Theatre Arena, Lagos. Jointly produced by Ashvault Ltd and Declassical Arts and Entertainment, the play would be directed by Mr. Kenneth Uphopho.

He noted that the play tells the story of how the former president, while in Yola prison, met and interacted with Baba Ali, the head of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria and parts of Cameroun.

Oduwole said: “While Chief Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance, between life and death, rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity or loneliness to engulf him, he took a personal responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.”

According to him, in finding answers to this question, Obasanjo interviewed a few inmates and, in so doing, met Baba Ali, whose interview was most engaging and intriguing. Ali, the son of a Christian missionary, had answers to the many questions of, ‘who is to blame for juvenile delinquency and criminality.’ The play tells the story of how Baba Ali, who should be a worthy example to emulate, turned out to be a ruthless armed robber and an assassin.

While using drama, dance and music, Oduwole noted that Gula! hopes to speak to the state of Nigerian prisons, the need to make them reform homes for juveniles, rehabilitation and re-integration plans for ex-convicts, apart from also highlighting the issue of family planning among the less privileged.

 

Source: The Guardian: https://guardian.ng/art/obasanjos-prison-experiences-hit-the-stage-in-lagos/

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Gula!, a play on Obasanjo’s prison encounter with a gangster – Baba Ali – goes on stage in Lagos

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The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s encounter with Baba Ali – one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarcerationin Yola is set for staging as a play titled ‘Gula!’

At a press conference organized on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 to announce Gula! The Executive Producer of Gula, Tunde Oduwole, said the play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by former PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo, will be on stage for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience from September 30th, 2017 at Terra Kulture, VI, Lagos.

The press conferencewas attended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Executive Producer of Gula! on Stage, Mr. Tunde Oduwole; veteran actor/comedian, Tunji Sotimirin, who plays the character Obasanjo in Gula!; Nollywood star Paul Adams, who plays Baba Ali’s father,the Theater Director, Kenneth Uphopho, the Producer, Ayo Ajayi, among other guests from the entertainment industry

Speaking at the event,the former President noted that Gula on Stage is replete with important lessons for families, government institutions, policy makers, institutions and governments.While in prison in Yola, Obasanjo said he selected a few inmates to interview in order to understand their journey to jail. He made efforts to influence and if possible, reverse their fast-trackedjourney to self-destruction.

Obasanjo recalled his encounter with one of the inmates, ‘Baba Ali’, a leader of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria( Arewa Boys). Baba Ali was the son of a missionary and a headmaster of a school, but he became an armed robber who dined with the devil and had members of the police force and judiciary in his pocket. However, through persuasion, prayers, fasting. Baba Ali repented and after serving his terms, sought and found Obasanjo, now the President of Nigeria– who sent him to a Baptist seminary. Baba Ali is now an ordained Baptist Church minister in charge of a Baptist Church in Kaduna for the last 9 years.

“There are so many lessons to draw from Gula!, For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country. It does not matter how bad a man may be, you can change or improve him. There is an opportunity of a second chance”, Obasanjo said. He therefore enjoyed everyone to see the play.

The Executive Producer, Mr. Oduwole described Gula as a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances. He said “while in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo in a display of rare human strength, took responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.

Oduwole also thanked Obasanjo, the author of “The Story of Baba Ali” for taking the difficult challenge of documenting this unique experience for generations to come and for giving him the right to produce this play.

Source: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/movie/257438/gula-a-play-on-obasanjos-prison-encounter-with-a-gangster.html

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GULA! | Obasanjo’s Experience in Prison Goes on Stage in Lagos

The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration is set for staging as a play titled ‘Gula!’

The stage play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali,’ written by the former president, will soon be performed for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience. It aims to recapture and draw out vital lessons from Obasanjo’s experience while in prison.

According to the organisers, the premiere of Gula will hold on September 30, in Lagos, while the stage play will start showing from October.

The press conference organised on Wednesday, September 13, to announce the play, had in attendance the subject, former President Obasanjo; the Executive Producer of Gula on Stage, Tunde Oduwole; veteran actor/comedian, Tunji Sotimirin (who will play the character, Obasanjo, in play); Nollywood actor, Paul Adams, among other guests from the cinema and film industry.

Speaking at the event, Chief Obasanjo noted that Gula on Stage is replete with important lessons for families, government institutions, policy makers, institutions and governments.

While in prison in Yola, Obasanjo had selected a few inmates to interview in order to understand their journey to jail. He made efforts to influence and, if possible, reverse their accelerated downward spiral to self-destruction.

Obasanjo recalled his encounter with one of the inmates, ‘Baba Ali,’ a leader of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria and part of Cameroun who was imprisoned together with him.

Baba Ali was the son of a missionary, but he became a cruel armed robber who dined with the devil and had both the police and judiciary in his pocket. However, through encouragement and preaching, Obasanjo successfully change Baba Ali to a better person.

“There are so many lessons to draw from the play. For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country. It does not matter how bad a man may be, you can change or improve him. There is an opportunity of a second chance for such person,” Obasanjo said, while enjoining everyone to see the play.

The executive producer, Mr Oduwole, described the play as a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances.

He said “while in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance, but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo, in a rare display of humanity, took a personal responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.

Oduwole also thanked the former president, who is also the author of “The Story of Baba Ali,” for taking the difficult challenge of documenting this unique experience for generations to come, and for giving him the right to produce this play.

 

Source: http://www.signalng.com/gula-obasanjos-experience-prison-goes-stage-lagos/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Gula!, a play on Obasanjo’s prison encounter with a gangster – Baba Ali – goes on stage in Lagos

The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s encounter with Baba Ali – one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarcerationin Yola is set for staging as a play titled ‘Gula!’

At a press conference organized on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 to announce Gula! The Executive Producer of Gula, Tunde Oduwole, said the play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by former PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo, will be on stage for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience from September 30th, 2017 at Terra Kulture, VI, Lagos.

The press conferencewas attended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Executive Producer of Gula! on Stage, Mr. Tunde Oduwole; veteran actor/comedian, Tunji Sotimirin, who plays the character Obasanjo in Gula!; Nollywood star Paul Adams, who plays Baba Ali’s father,the Theater Director, Kenneth Uphopho, the Producer, Ayo Ajayi, among other guests from the entertainment industry

Speaking at the event,the former President noted that Gula on Stage is replete with important lessons for families, government institutions, policy makers, institutions and governments.While in prison in Yola, Obasanjo said he selected a few inmates to interview in order to understand their journey to jail. He made efforts to influence and if possible, reverse their fast-trackedjourney to self-destruction.

Obasanjo recalled his encounter with one of the inmates, ‘Baba Ali’, a leader of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria( Arewa Boys). Baba Ali was the son of a missionary and a headmaster of a school, but he became an armed robber who dined with the devil and had members of the police force and judiciary in his pocket. However, through persuasion, prayers, fasting.  Baba Ali repented and after serving his terms, sought and found Obasanjo, now the President of Nigeria– who sent him to a Baptist seminary.  Baba Ali is now an ordained Baptist Church minister in charge of a Baptist Church in Kaduna for the last 9 years.

“There are so many lessons to draw from Gula!, For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country. It does not matter how bad a man may be, you can change or improve him. There is an opportunity of a second chance”, Obasanjo said. He therefore enjoyed everyone to see the play.

The Executive Producer, Mr. Oduwole described Gula as a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances. He said “while in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo in a display of rare human strength, took responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.

Oduwole also thanked Obasanjo, the author of “The Story of Baba Ali” for taking the difficult challenge of documenting this unique experience for generations to come and for giving him the right to produce this play.

 

Source: http://naija247news.com/2017/09/18/gula-a-play-on-obasanjos-prison-encounter-with-a-gangster-baba-ali-goes-on-stage-in-lagos/

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Gula! A Portrayal Of Obasanjo’s Ordeal In Prison Is Revived On Stage In Lagos

The captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration comes to life on stage.

The stage play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by the ex-Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, will show for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience. It aims to recapture and draw out vital lessons from Obasanjo’s experience while in incarceration.

According to the organizers, the premiere of Gula! Will hold on September 30th, 2017 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, while the stage play will show twice daily starting from October 1st to the 7th and 8th at the same venue.

The press conference organized on Wednesday, 13th September 2017 to announce Gula! On Stage was attended by former President Obasanjo; the Executive Producer of Gula! On Stage, Mr. Tunde Oduwole; veteran actor/comedian, Tunji Sotimirin (who plays the character Obasanjo in Gula!); Nollywood star Paul Adams among other guests from the cinema and film industry. Speaking at the event, the former President noted that Gula! on Stage is embedded with important lessons for families, government institutions and policy makers.

While in prison in Yola, Obasanjo had selected a few inmates to interview in order to understand their incursion to a life in jail. He made efforts to influence and if possible, reverse their accelerated downward spiral to self-destruction.
Obasanjo recalled his encounter with one of the inmates, ‘Baba Ali’, a leader of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria and part of Cameroun who was imprisoned together with him. Baba Ali was the son of a missionary, but he became a cruel armed robber who dined with the devil and had both the police and judiciary in his pocket. However, through encouragement and preaching, Obasanjo successfully change Baba Ali to a reformed person.

“There are so many lessons to draw from Gula! For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country?It does not matter how bad a man may be, you can change or improve him. There is an opportunity of a second chance for such person”, Obasanjo said, he therefore encouraged everyone to see the play.

The Executive Producer, Mr. Oduwole described Gula! As a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances. He said “While in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo in a rare display of humanity, took a personal responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.”

Oduwole also thanked Obasanjo, the author of “The Story of Baba Ali” for taking the difficult challenge of documenting this unique experience for generations to come and for giving him the right to produce this play.

The stage play is directed by Kenneth Uphopho. For more information visit www.gulaonstage.com.

 

 

Source: https://www.360nobs.com/2017/09/gula-portrayal-obasanjos-ordeal-prison-revived-stage-lagos/
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Gula! On Stage Premiere – A True Life Account of Olusegun Obasanjo in Prison based on his Book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’

Gula! On StageThe captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his encounter with one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration comes to life on stage.

The stage play, which is based on the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by the ex-Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, will show for the first time ever to the Nigerian audience. It aims to recapture and draw out vital lessons from Obasanjo’s experience while in incarceration.

The premier of Gula! On Stage is;

Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017.
Time: 7 pm.
Venue: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

While the stage play will show twice daily starting from Sunday, October 1st to the Saturday, October  7th and Sunday, October 8th by 3 pm and 7 pm at the same venue.

The press conference organized on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 to announce Gula! On Stage was attended by former President Obasanjo; the Executive Producer of Gula! On Stage, Oduwole; veteran actor/comedian, Tunji Sotimirin (who plays the character Obasanjo in Gula!); Nollywood star Paul Adams among other guests from the cinema and film industry. Speaking at the event, the former President noted that Gula! On Stage is embedded with important lessons for families, government institutions and policy makers.

While in prison in Yola, Obasanjo had selected a few inmates to interview in order to understand their incursion to a life in jail. He made efforts to influence and if possible, reverse their accelerated downward spiral to self-destruction.

Obasanjo recalled his encounter with one of the inmates, ‘Baba Ali’, a leader of a ruthless criminal gang in Northern Nigeria and part of Cameroun who was imprisoned together with him. Baba Ali was the son of a missionary, but he became a cruel armed robber who dined with the devil and had both the police and judiciary in his pocket. However, through encouragement and preaching, Obasanjo successfully change Baba Ali to a reformed person.

“There are so many lessons to draw from Gula! For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country? It does not matter how bad a man may be, you can change or improve him. There is an opportunity of a second chance for such person”, Obasanjo said, he therefore encouraged everyone to see the play.

The Executive Producer, Oduwole described Gula! As a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances. He said “While in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo in a rare display of humanity, took a personal responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.”

Oduwole also thanked Obasanjo, the author of “The Story of Baba Ali” for taking the difficult challenge of documenting this unique experience for generations to come and for giving him the right to produce this play.

The stage play is directed by Kenneth Uphopho.

 

Source: https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/09/gula-true-life-account-of-olusegun-obasanjo/

 

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