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VIDEO: Denja Abdullahi’s ‘Mairogo’ leaves Abuja target audience reeling with laughter

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It was an evening of stress-free and artistry at its zenith at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre, Abuja on Friday when Denja Abdullahi’s Mairogo: A Buffoon’s Poetic Run around Northern Nigeria, was dramatised on stage to a thrilled target audience.

The target audience was held spellbound for over two hours because the Benue Poetry Troupe creatively reenacted the e book which has attracted clear acclaim even beyond the shores of Nigeria.

The troupe is the major to adapt the e book, written 20 years ago, for stage performance after it first performed it on Might well 22, this yr at the Theatre Hall of the Benue Utter University.

The Abuja performance also served to rejoice the birthday of Mr Abdullahi, the instantaneous previous president of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).

The evening match, interspersed with other dramatic and poetic performances, was attended by contributors spanning the nation’s literary world.


Mairogo, which obtained honourable point out at the 2001 ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize, depicts a ‘mentally challenged’ but humorous persona, who thrills the target audience with his correct appraisals on stage of a number of the distinguished perceived ills of northern Nigeria and seeks to relate entrenched societal mindsets via humour-tinged criticism and buffoonry.

The ‘half of inflamed’ poet, via a series of ‘journeys’ via swathes of North Nigeria hilariously displays a ‘correct code’ and behavioural ethics he sways the target audience to bolster at the same time as he point out the inadequacies, every so continuously hypocrisy, of some segments of the region.

Mairogo consistently ridicules other folks he believes assemble no longer measure as much as his ‘correct normal’ thus eliciting mirth and laughter from the target audience.

All over the panel discussions at the match, Mr Abdullahi, a poet, dramatist and humanities administrator who has published 13 books so far, said Mairogo is in actuality an accurate existence persona whom he met years ago and who served as an inspiration for the highly effective work.

“Mairogo is an accurate existence persona who gentle to chase around my space in Birnin Kebbi…every so continuously he would come to the set up where of us are praying and would point to any person: ‘you’re an hypocrite’ but since he was considered as a ‘inflamed man’ of us would ignore him. However if it any person that is sane who says this form of thing, of us would possibly presumably also come around to take care of him.

“So I mixed those characters collectively and came up with ‘Mairogo’. The total issues I said there (e book) are very well-known issues to the northern society which they can not even react to it adversely because I laced it with humour and empathy. Whenever you happen to lace this form of work with empathy, you maintain the licence to claim what you have to claim.

“The persona is an accurate existence one who I appropriate prolonged his behaviour. I attach plenty of phrases in his mouth to discuss about plenty of areas within the north. Whenever you happen to discuss in regards to the unfriendly, you furthermore mght discuss in regards to the explicit. Whenever you happen to assemble that, your criticism will bound. I did plenty of that within the e book.”

Within the interim, Oko Owi Ocho, the inventive director of the Benue troupe said he has no regrets embarking on the undertaking of bringing Mairogo reside on stage.

He said he ‘stumbled’ on the e book via a friend and became straight drawn to the storyline. “At the moment I read it I knew it was what we wished at the theatre team.”

“It said so remarkable. There would possibly be so remarkable within the e book. Morality, feminism, Africanism, and plenty others. So I couldn’t ignore the e book and we went for it.”

The troupe plans to lift the manufacturing to other states across the nation, soon.

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