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Made In Nigeria: How Performance Poetry Got A Standing Ovation

Nigerian News Update » Nigerian Newspapers
Leadership Newspaper
It was a bittersweet atmosphere, with the gathering of personalities who love artistry, a masterpiece from some selected poets and dramatists who showed the audience what it meant to be professionals.

The hall, which was given for free by the management of Trancorp Hilton in support of the event, was filled to the brim.
It was all dark with the sound of breath pounding as the dark shadow moved around the stage, there was total silence in the crowd waiting to see who that was. Suddenly, the blue light dimed and behold Dike Chukwumerije appeared with a book, sitting as he read a story from it ushering in the main event of the night, titled ‘Made in Nigeria, 102 Years in 120 Minutes.’

After rendering some of his best, he stood up and the light slowly faded again as he spoke creativity to the crowed with the flood light focusing on him. He was seen tying a wrapper depicting an elderly man (father) speaking on The Year Of My Birth: The story of war.

He depicted the pre-independence era, reciting various speeches of past leaders which took Nigeria to independence. The performance depicted life from the 70-date.

After the event that saw personalities on their feet, given Dike Chukwumerije and other dramatists a standing ovation, the crowd was filled with excitement and fulfillment just like the former minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka said in an interview after the show that the story line of the poetry dramatised by Dike ” leads to our own experience and our own contemporary history and enables us to take away something from it. It is really awesome, I completely had fun. To learn while having fun is the best thing that could happen to anyone.”

For the Area fada, Charly Boy, who said he has been a follower of Dike’s work ever since, was dazed by the response and affection he got throughout the show. “I have been invited to the three shows. I decided I wasn’t going to go anywhere which was why I came to this one. Excited is an understatement, I didn’t know that monologue could be this crazy, this exciting, it was wonderful, and I’m going to do everything to support this, I’m blown away by his oratory and presentation,” he said.
One of the guests, Mr. Simon Gusa?, who spoke to LEADERSHIP revealed that he has been following Dike’s poetry and nothing would have made him miss this show.”I  really enjoyed it, it is not my first time of coming across Dike, I’m aware of his work which is why I came, I know what he does, I know the way he performs his poetry, I’m used to it.?”

Some poets also rendered poems that encourage ladies and other people to be natural, using the hair as a case study.

Also presented was Idaras’ Love Is Common Sense, which speaks much about love and how it affects different people. Dance of the Gods presented by Chwukwuka Chwukwu, pictures the apathy between the rich and the poor with the depiction of the prince and his wife revealing that he will fight for what is truly his.
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