POWERFUL 'ISALE EKO'
MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
BY WILLIAM C.E BENSON
26 January 2019
[Adverting Above, William Benson On Stage at Isale Eko, in Nigeria, Lagos] [Adverting Above, Isale Eko Perfomance in Nigeria, Lagos] Photography by Nikan KoPhotography by Nikan Ko
'ISALE EKO ' | POWERFUL COMMUNITY MODELS FOR EXCELLENCE
We've seen the beautiful Theatre and Performance of William Benson in the UK, and his many performances in Nigeria. The stage is no stanger to this over-talented Actor, but what about Producing? This is why we are excited to introduce to the UK and Europe this incredible work of William C.E Benson titled 'Isale Eko'.
This play is in the pipe line to be performed in the UK at top West End and Theatre Venues, including the Opera House.
HART CULTURE C.I.C. is an award winning Powerful International Business Model that is rapidly changing the face of the 'Modern Age' into a beckoning
Golden Era. Engaging people in Arts and Cultural Engagement. HART CULTURE C.I.C.has worked with the worlds leading Banks, Independent Ministries and signed up Churches, trying to reach the critical masses. Working to promote the play and sentiments of 'Isale Eko' to HC because it has been a driving force in the Community for 100% Positive Achievement, through understanding 'Who we really are'. From 2015 it continues to lead the way for 350% Positive Achievement in Local Communities, inspiring new businesses, self-sufficienct businesses, sustainability black owned products and black owned banking.
The Return of the Golden Race sets the scene for an increase in activity for Arts & Cultural Engagement. It is the promise of HC to support and direct people safely through the 'Golden Era' to a positive point of transformation in the 'self', and has played host to over 140 Events including sponsorshop, giving grants and consultation.
What are you waiting for! time to get to know a little about the background to 'Isale Eko'.
Excerpt from the Guardian Newspaper :
'Isale Eko' was written and directed by William Benson and produced by Nigerias finest acclaimed Investment Banker Joseph Edgar. [ ] "the play deploys theatre idioms as songs, light, characterisation and costumes to tell a familiar, but germane story about the Lagos story. In the piece, the playwright weaves the story of love and intrigue into the enthronement of a new king.Using suspense and evocative language, the play goes on to reveal how the Lagos kingdom is thrown into chaos, because of love struggle between the crowned Prince Kosoko and the kingmaker, Eletu Odibo. Both men engage each other in a game of wit and subterranean subterfuge over who should marry a beautiful slave.
Eventually, the fight results in Kosoko being denied the throne when his elder brother passed away. Idewu Ojulari crowns Kosoko’s uncle Akintoye who does not believe in some of the tradition of the town. With a 78-man cast, Isale Eko addresses ills in the society, especially anarchy, hatred, abuse of people and power. There is a perfect blend of light, colours and humour in a story that dwells on love, envy, jealousy and hatred in every day event. The intrigues of politics in installing a king become the leitmotif for a new vision of the country. This, perhaps, is one of the outstanding features of Isale Eko, an adjective that figuratively depict the power of traditional Lagos ".
This is a fitting introduction to the main story of 'Isale Eko', particulary if you don't know the history behind Lagos or Ancient Kingdoms located in Nigeria.
This play is positioned to be exhilerating, sensational and dramatic in every sense. You can't miss it in the UK.
[Adverting Above, Director William Benson on stage, Isale Eko Performance, Nigeria, Lagos] Photography by Nikan Ko
We can see that a lot of influence from 'Arts and Cultural Engagement' has been moving and shaking up Communities to say the least, and better explore their own rich identities. Engaging people of African descent, the African Community and diaspora in Arts projects that better reflect their interests, views, principles, image and desires right here in the UK. This is 'Africa for Africa' to show, intrigue and develop minds in the view of African ways, traditions, thoughts, Culture, Arts, socio-psychology, mentality and identity.
Furthermore, as we look to enhance the movement, at this point of 'Ascension' and being #Woke, people will feel more liberated, more creative, feel an increase in energy, positive thinking and desire 'more' from life. Plays like Isale Eko, re-inforce this very human sentiment. We are in 2019, a few years after the 'Conscious Shift' towards understanding better and 'loving ourselves' more. Many projects and intitiaives in the Community are surfacing as a result of this Consciousness. There will be a desire for wisdom, knowledge and 'truth'. In short, people will be looking for answers in the 'self', and not look to 'outside' reference points, as people around the world get; as they say in urban slang, #Woke.
As it were, Isale Eko is actually based upon historical facts, and can be referenced with a lot of the objects and artefacts of the British Museum and modern Cultural Museums of New York. This is what what makes it an Educational play of, Cultural Education and a must to see it. The term we hear or see bandied around, The 'Return Of The Golden Race' refers specifically to the 'acknowlegment' of such 'knowledge' and such 'Wisdom' discarded by modern world ideologies and 'New World' Industrialisation by the 'Scattered' Descendents of these Old Kingdom's, The theme continues on; responding to "A call to Inspire Excellence' wherever we happened to be; the theme behind being #Woke n Spoke. But, most importantly, See you there!