Nigerian Prolific Playwright, Prof. Ahmed Yerima on Wednesday at the Redeemer’s University, reinvented the early life of the first couple of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch and Mrs. Folu Adeboye.
Pastor Enoch and Pastor Mrs. Folu Adeboye, who watched the drama in the university auditorium in Ede, Osun State, were amazed as students of the Drama and Arts department of the Redeemer’s University retold the story of their ministry, marriage and impact in deep dialogues. The main ceremony which was to commemorate the Ninth Convocation ceremony of RUN (Redeemer’s University of Nigeria), was the panegyric of an Ilesha lyricist who combined beautifully with the drummers, to dig into Mrs Folu’s roots.
After a while, Mummy GO, as she is fondly called, couldn’t contain herself anymore as she danced to the stage also, beckoning on her husband forward to join in the dance.
Daddy G.O. said in his comment that the drama was “thoroughly researched.” He also commended Professor Yerima and his team for a job well done. He further said, “I have written two plays myself. I must note that this play was thoroughly researched and I appreciate it. It was an excellent job. I pray that your life will not lack organisation in Jesus’ name.”
Professor Yerima said, the play which was primarily to celebrate Pastor Mrs Folu was written by the Director of the RCCG Drama Department, Segun Adegbiji. He further said,
“Mummy GO is a public figure, but she has cleverly hidden her personal history to allow her husband’s history to shine. And she has become a beautiful attachment to her husband’s history. There was a challenge writing a play that will concentrate on her history and not that of her husband. They are, however, so inseparable that it was difficult for us to do. It took us more time to do the research than to rehearse.”
“The play shows that people have challenges. And in their biographies, they didn’t hide that fact because they also said they were so poor that even the poor made fun of them. They have never hidden the fact that they are human beings with trials and difficult times of life. The message therefore, is that if I can also follow the way this people followed and accept Christ, I can make a difference.”
The writer of the play, Director of the RCCG Drama Department, Segun Adegbiji, attributed its success to team work and the Holy Spirit, adding that Pastor Mrs Folu, who envisioned the University, deserved a lot of accolades.