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Remebering Ogunde

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 2:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Last Sturday, relatives and associates of the late theatre icon, late Hubert Ogunde, were in his hometown of Ososa, Ogun State for is 25th remembrance celebration. There were many events planned for the day which started with a church service.

The President of National Theatre Association of Nigeria Practitioners (NTANP), Jide Kosoko, led members of the association to the ceremony, while a large number of residents and indigenes of the ancient town also participated.

National troupe dancing in honour of Ogunde

National troupe dancing in honour of Ogunde

The Diocesan Bishop, B.F.R Ogunbanwo, eulogised the good works left behind by Ogunde and challenged the children not to let the legacy left behind by their father to go into extinction. While noting the numerous children the deceased left behind, the cleric said the late Ogunde knew what he was doing because he wanted them to continue where he stopped.

“Late Ogunde knew why he had a large family. He knew there would be need for his children to continue where he stopped and was conscious of the fact that nobody can continue with his legacy better than his children. That was why he trained them in the rudiments of theatre,” Mr. Ogunbanwo said.

A much bigger event in memory of Pa Ogunde, who was also a former director of the National Troupe, was held in Abeokuta, during which a musical package containing 95 of his songs was launched.

Present at Sunday’s events held at St. John’s Church, Ososa, were the late artiste’s children. The pupils of Hubert Ogunde Memorial School, Akute, Ogun State, were not left out, as they rendered a number of fascinating Christian songs in memory of the late theatre icon.

The late Ogunde founded the Ogunde Concert Party in 1945, which was the first professional theatrical company in Nigeria. He starred in ‘Mister Johnson’, the 1990 motion picture, which also featured Pierce Brosman. The movie was shot on location in Jos.

In 1944, he produced his first opera, the Garden of Eden and The Throne of God, by commission of the Church of the Lord, Aladura, Lagos. The successful play was performed in aid of the Church building fund.