The Nigerian theatre milieu is trapped in a cobweb of strangulating strings. Little wonder, therefore, that its growth has been impaired over the years.
The numerous multi-tribal thrusts in Nigeria disallow the full growth and development of theatre forms and trends.
The university and other degree-awarding institutions engaged in theatre studies, have not carved out uniquely distinguishing styles that can be said to be theirs.
The Nigerian theatre makers themselves are not style-driven and technique-creating. An ideal repertory of form can hardly be identified with them in a sustainable manner.
The National Theatre set up as a symbol of the nation's cultural pride, now stands as a totem for the nation's creative shame;
The state-owned Cultural Centre Boards are devoid of objectives in focused cultural promotions.
Many graduates of the arts-prefer other creative businesses. A few die-hards are bedeviled by frustrating dilemmas as businessmen refuse to patronise theatre because they consider it a wasteful venture, while international agencies shun it because of its profit-making outlook.
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Published February 16, 2011
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