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A Play: Tinubu honours late Abibatu Mogaji, assures Nigerian youths of increased investment in arts, cultural education

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR (middle), Mr. Ola Awakan, Executive Producer of the Play, 'Abibatu Mogaji: An Opera' (l); and Mr. Seyi Tinubu, the President's Son, in the Stte House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, at a recent stage production held in honour of Hajiya Abibatu Mogaji, OON, MFR, his late mother, asserts Nigeria’s entertainment industry deserves more attention and recognition as it rekindles history while equipping the younger generation with the knowledge of past events

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured Nigerians that his administration will increase investment in the arts and culture industry in order to bridge the past and the present, to create a pathway for the future.

ConsumerConnect reports President Tinubu, who stated this Tuesday, July 9, 2024, while speaking at a stage production held in honour of Hajiya Abibatu Mogaji, OON, MFR, his late mother, in Abuja, FCT, asserted the West African country’s entertainment industry deserves more attention and recognition as it rekindles history and equips the younger generation with the knowledge of past events.

The play titled, “Abibatu Mogaji: An Opera”, was staged at the Conference Centre of the State House, in Abuja, with the Vice-President (Senator) Kashim Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio; Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and other dignitaries in attendance.

President Tinubu’s mother passed away June 15, 2013, at the age of 96, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of service to family, community, the underprivileged, and the nation.

Going down the memory lane, the President affirmed how he inherited his resilience, determination, and discipline from his mother, whom Tinubu described as “tough and determined”.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated Tinubu also asserted: “My first restaurant was the best. My first toilet was the best. My first bedroom was her back. There is no way I could have come this far, and become this old without her care.”

The President, therefore, thanked Mr. Ola Awakan, Executive Producer of the play, and Dr. Ahmed Yerima, the Director, for scripting and directing a play to immortalise his mother.

Tinubu as well commended the “thoroughly researched’’ play, which reflected her moments on earth.

“I could see that they knew her very well. She was tough. She was a disciplinarian. I can thank God for the gift I got from her.

“It was an enduring gift of character and determination. Never to give up,’’ stated the President.

Tinubu disclosed that Seyi, his son, and other family members would benefit from the production.

According to the President, the theatre conveys lessons from history through re-enactment.

In his vote of thanks, Seyi Tinubu appreciated the managers of the stage play and the crew for putting up a brilliant performance to immortalise the late Iyaloja of Lagos.

Awakan commended President Tinubu for the opportunity and support to stage the play in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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