Classic Yoruba movie Ti Oluwa Nile written by veteran actor and producer, Alhaji Kareem Adepoju, aka Baba Wande in 1987, is set to be adapted to stage with the support of the international cultural organization Aroba Groove.
This groundbreaking move is arguably the first time a film-scripted story is being adapted to stage in the Nollywood history.
Directed in 1993 by popular veteran filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, Ti Oluwa Nile tells the story of two individuals who conspire with a corrupt chief to illegally sell ancestral land to a petroleum company for personal gain. Their deceit, however, is met with fierce resistant from the community and the intervention of the oracle, embodying the land’s sacred deities. As the true ownership of the land is revealed and consequences unfold, the chief finds himself entangled in a web of challenges that test his fate and traditional standing, leading to a climactic showdown that will determine his ultimate destiny.
The stage adaptation retitled Asiyanbi: Ti Oluwa Ni Ile is executive produced Oladotun Taylor and directed by Ropo Ewenla.
“I was a bit shocked when I was first contacted about the project, though I understand creativity is limitless, but this took me unaware, sincerely, and since we have been on it, it has really been an exciting experience with the level of creativity, quality of team, cast and crew put together by the producers. I can assure Nigerians and the world its Ti Oluwa Nile redefined. It’s an experience that I believe everyone must witness and as the inaugural director of such a project makes me proud,” said Ewenla.
Pleasantly surprised by the stage adaptation, Baba Wande said, “this is a historic project even though I am the owner of the story, I must confess to you that I am more than grateful to be part of this project, if I am not mistaken and with my experience, this is the first time in this country that I am witnessing a story that has been adapted to a film being readapted to a stage play. I have not seen or heard it before in this sphere. I give progenitors and producers of this project kudos for their ingenuity. I am happy to be part of it in my lifetime, and I am fully in support.”
Aroba Groove’s visionary approach to reimagining this classic tale in a new artistic form underscores their commitment to fostering creativity and cultural enrichment, setting the stage for an unforgettable theatrical journey that will captivate audiences far and wide.