By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos
The Lagos State University (LASU) Theater Arts students thrilled their audience with an exuberant play titled “Mammy Waters Wedding” to spice up the varsity’s 24th Convocation activities.
The Convocation play, held Today at the institution’s auditorium is amongst the 3rd day event in its schedule of activities.
Commending the students, LASU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun said “Two things you do every year for us: You entertain us to the peak. But much more significantly, you teach us.”
” There is no time we come for your play that we don’t go home rejuvenated. We thank you.”
“You have been amazing in the way you deliver. With the kinds of things you do, LASU is the university to beat,” he noted
About the Play
Mammy Waters Wedding is a love story between the earth and the sea using a Lagosian (earth) and a mermaid (sea) as metaphors for the enactment.
During a rainstorm incident on the sea somewhere in Lagos, Akinla, a powerful swimmers, drowns, but does not die. He finds himself in a world below the sea among mermaids, called Mammy Water. Akinla is enchanted by Tarella, the queen of the mermaids. She decides to help him back to Lagos, but the barrier to their love is the environmental difference between the two worlds. To become human, Tarella is born as Okuntoro to a rich Lagos businessman, Adagunodo, whose trade happens to be waste dumping into the sea. This sets him on a collision course with the destined love between Okuntoro and Akinla.
The natural harmony between earth and water is destroyed by the pollution generated by Adagunodo and he suffers for it. Akinla marries Okuntoro as a token of faith that a healing bond can occur between earth and the sea. Mammy Waters Wedding a sociological advocacy for environmental protection. It is a tale of “green balance” that our world desperately needs. The play is proudly an African drama, rich in dance, music and poetry.