MTN Foundation Partners Kakadu, Wakaa To Boost Musical Theatre

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As part of its efforts in contributing to the advancement of
theatre and performing arts in Nigeria, MTN Foundation is sponsoring two
notable stage plays – ‘Kakadu and Wakaa, The Musical,’ from the stables of
Playhouse Initiative and Bolanle Austen-Peters Production respectively.
note that some of the beneficiaries of the MTNF-sponsored
Muson Scholar programme who have excelled in their chosen careers are part of
the two plays. For instance, two of the beneficiaries – Ayo Ajayi & Lawal
Seyi who graduated in 2008 & 2014 respectively are part of the cast &
crew for ‘Wakaa, The Musical.’ While the former is the play’s Music Director,
the latter is the Tenor Sax.
Executive Secretary for the MTN Foundation, Ms Nonny Ugboma
said the foundation is excited to see a crop of beneficiaries of its music
scholarship programme in partnership with Muson School of Music distinguishing
themselves in their chosen careers, applying what they have learnt in the
course of their programme. She also said the foundation will not relent in its
commitment to grooming the next generation of music scholars in support of the
performing arts industry in Nigeria.

The MTNF music scholarship programme which is implemented in
partnership with the Musical Society of Nigeria is targeted at students with a
flair for music, and it provides them the opportunity to acquire qualitative music
education leading to the MUSON Diploma in Music. Over 130 musically talented
students have graduated from the programme since the scholarship programme
commenced in 2006, and another 60 are currently in training.
‘Kakadu, The Musical’ is a story of dreams, hopes, peace and
war, of friendships and broken promises, of pain and loss, and of love and
innocence. It’s an exciting blend of the western music of the sixties that
influenced musical expressions in the 1960s Africa, with highlife, afrobeat, contemporary
and traditional Nigerian folk music,to produce the most wonderfully eclectic
musical ever.
On the other hand, ‘Wakaa, The Musical’ is a play about the
trials, successes and experiences of six young graduates with varied
background, a wager between them after graduation has a twist when the
realities of life and the folly of their choices hit them. Eventually they
reunite, coming full circle. The story reveals the struggle and challenge that
young people face in present day Nigeria and abroad. ‘Wakaa, The Musical’ takes
you on an emotional roller-coaster, and is a strong satire of Nigeria’s
politics.
The two plays will hit the theatre as from December 29 and
run through January 03, 2016.
To find out more, visit www.kakaduthemusical.com and
www.wakaathemusical.com for more information.

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