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Bariga Boy| 25mins
Director: Femi Odugbemi | Producer: Femi Odugbemi
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Nigeria
Subject Tags: africa, art, communication, creativity, culture
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Multi-talented artiste, Segun Adefila leads the most active and sought-after dance-theatre group in Nigeria. They are called the Crown Troupe. With the average age of under 20, they are a mix of young and energetic street artists creating performances that have stirred local and international attention. They claim antecedence in the theatre traditions of Nigerian theatre pioneers like Hubert Ogunde and Wole Soyinka. In that tradition, art speaks not only of society but harshly to society. It is theatre for social re-engineering. Using a unique blend of music, dance and drama, Segun Adefila, creator and creative director of the Crown Troupe has carved a niche for himself and his army of young devotees with works that expose in biting satire the contradictions of the Nigerian society and the failure of leadership in government. For one so young and so talented, it is a choice fraught with risks. But the motivation of the artist and inspiration for his works come from his experience and his environment. Bariga is his home, where he was born and bred. Bariga is also one of the enduring slums in Lagos megaCity, known for its extreme poverty and deprivation. No light, no roads, no water. Out of the hardship of this experience springs the music and drama of the Crown Troupe … their work, more than art for entertainment, is really a cry for attention. A memo from the powerless to the powerful.

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