There are very few things as refreshing as spending the weekend seeing a thoroughly entertaining play.
Enter Our Son the Minister.
The award-winning play, which got the whole town talking, was put together by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation and came alive for a second time at the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th, November 2018.
Written by Paul Ugbede, produced by award-winning actress, Bikiya Graham-Douglas and directed by Kenneth Uphopho, the play, which won the first edition of the Beeta Playwriting Competition in 2017 was sponsored by the MTN Foundation as part of its Arts and Culture Initiative.
In Our Son the Minister, Doctor Makoji Ejembi, a young medical practitioner, is caught in a dilemma when the President, acting on a recommendation from Ejembi’s kinsmen, appoints him as a federal minister and his family goes haywire dreaming how they will participate in their son’s share of the ‘national cake.’
It was full of laughs, drama-filled moments, and valuable lessons for the society at large. These are our favourite five.
Our Son the Minister was full of colourful characters who said some wonderful things. For example, Dr Ejembi’s best friend, who appointed himself as ‘Special Assistant to the Minister on Finance, Enjoyment and Logistics,’ said in response to a question from the minister about why he was hiring a crowd to escort him to his inauguration, “He who has the biggest crowd gets the biggest portfolio.” Think that one was crazy? The minister’s Aunty told the entire family that her “best friend is the blood of Jesus” and promptly proceeded to spray everyone with what we imagine is holy water.
A hilarious family
Our Son the Minister probably boasts the funniest Nigerian family to hit the stage in recent times. After the minister told his family that he was rejecting the appointment, telling his family that “to serve Nigeria is not by force. I am going to play tennis;” his family promptly told him “it is by force!” In a concerted effort to prevent Makoji from leaving the house after taking the ‘insane’ decision of rejecting a ministerial appointment, the family swiftly tied him to a couch with a rope; then proceeded to call a psychiatrist, a juju man and a very handsy Founder/CEO of ‘Church Pumping’ Incorporated to heal their mad son.
We did not make this up.
Lessons, lots of lessons
Where do we start? Our Son the Minister taught us that success has too many friends. A child belongs not just to his family, but the entire community. The play also reveals the decadence in our society. Abnormality has been normalised such that those who seek to uphold the right values are considered insane.
We can go on and on with this.
The acting was excellent. We’ll simply let the pictures do the talking.
The power of partnership
Our Son the Minister was made possible thanks to talented and amazing guys at Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, especially Bikiya Graham-Douglas and the MTN Foundation who sponsored the show as part of its Arts and Culture initiative. Under this initiative, the packed fourth quarter of 2018 has already featured such great productions as Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, Legends, the Musical and the Life in My City Art Festival.
Our Son the Minister was time well spent. The next great show can’t come soon enough.