February 2008
Connecting Nigerians Abroad and in the UK
Volume 5, Issue 1
 


Tiata Fahodzi

Tiata Fahodzi has just concluded its 10th anniversary with a star studded event at the Theatre Royal in Stratford , hosted by funny woman “Little Miss Jocelyn.” The show featured popular African dance group Adanta, several sketches performed by the company over the last decade including a powerful rendition of Moremi Ajasoro by Cathy Tyson, specially written by Bola Agbaje, Urban Gospel group GKReal, a taste of African percussion from Sola Akingbola, who has just released his new album Route to Roots and various interviews by Henry Bonsu with several household names including Cyril Nri, Ben Onwukwe and Ellen Thomas.

A highlight of the evening was an introduction and acknowledgement of generation icons such as Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Yemi Goodman Ajibade, Dotun Adebayo, Dona Croll, Femi Oguns and many more from the past, present and of the future. Special recognition was given to Philip Hedley of the Theatre Royal, who gave the company its first break in 1996.

“Enough cannot be said about the struggles by Black arts organisations in getting their work seen and programmed nationally” says the company's director Femi Elufowoju jr. “We were delighted to get renewed funding from the Arts Council in 2007, but we are acutely aware of how much more we could be doing and how many more artists need a stage. We want to build on our strong following in London to bring our work to audiences all across the UK , build our brand and heighten the value placed on African theatre within British theatre. We want to entertain you and need your support. Please help us in anyway that you can, or by becoming a founding friend and play a vital role in the development of our unique and vibrant company for the future.”

To become a founding friend or join the mailing list please click here. To download and print the pdf flyer, click here.