Ali Baba with Helen Paul’s students at the event
Ace stand-up comedian, Ali Baba, Bayo Bankole and upwardly mobile Yoruba actress cum producer, Dayo Amusa, are some of the personalities that added spice and glamour to the inaugural convocation ceremony of the Helen Paul Theatre and Film Academy, HPTFA last weekend.
During the event which commenced with a Glo-inspired Green Carpet, students of the institution dazzled the crowd with the scintillating presentation of Life Burial, a stage play written by Helen Paul.
Life Burial, according to Helen, is a story of repeated betrayal of love, endless forgiveness and a covetous girl in search of society’s high class.
“It is only important that theatre is used to correct the ills of the society. Life Burial, though a little altered from the way it has been written by me, portrays all of those issues. The Bretchian style has been used in the directorial approach with little elements of realism altogether to aid the understanding of the play,” Helen said.
The cast of the play include Olowofela Johnson, Ntoka Francis, Rafiu Okiri, Mercy Ndubuisi, David Okunola, Obiazi Onyemechi, Aduke Oladapo and Christopher Isibor among others.
Ali Baba, who was thrilled by the performance, promised to sponsor the second public presentation of the play at the Terra Kulture in December, a kind gesture that was applauded by the audience.
Helen explained that Life Burial was inspired by happenstances at a burial ceremony she was contracted to anchor somewhere in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, some years ago.
The event featured a lot of side attractions including a novelty football match between students of HPTFA and their counterparts at the Lagos State University’s Theatre Arts Department.
“The whole idea is to give the students a memorable experience. Let them have fun and at the same time learn from the A-list entertainers who were on hand to give them career talk and also share success tips with them,” the Globacom ambassador revealed.