Dinnertime was over and it was on a weekend. It was a class-free day to celebrate the Independence Day anniversary.
It was a perfect time to relax. Perhaps, this explains why the AUN Library auditorium was full of students on this 30th day of September.
Many could have been attracted by the title: Eating Tomorrow’s Yam. They would later realize that it was a comic play about Nigeria that proved so entertaining that they would not have forgiven themselves should they had missed it.
On this cool eve of the celebration, the students were anxious to know what the Theatre Club has to offer this semester.
This is our first play this semester, said Sarah Shaljab, a third-year Petroleum Chemistry major, who recently became the president of the club. “We have two more to come before the semester ends.”
The pre-independence party tagged “ISSA Naija Vibe” to be held at the residence halls vicinity was just two hours away. And on the following day, there was the main Independence Day celebration that was being planned by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). It appeared there had been no more perfect Saturday Night ever.
Although the entertaining play was short, Ms. Shaljab promised that the subsequent plays for the semester would be longer.
The play featured a pregnant woman who was about to give birth, but due to the circumstances surrounding her, such as corruption, she was unable to give birth.
Play Director, Nsikak Imoh, a third-year Software Engineering major, who read the synopsis at the beginning said it showcases some of the problems that Nigerians face but which they are scared of talking about. Such problems will cause the country not to fulfill her potential.
Members of the audience started laughing right from the outset. The frequent use of Pidgin English in acting the play made it even more hilarious. But the play had a message for the audience besides entertainment.
As the title suggests, Emmanuel Wogu, a final-year CMD major, who featured as a police officer, said it draws attention to the present circumstances of Nigeria as a whole, where we are using up resources of today compounded with all those other issues such as bribery and corruption.
“We are eating our fruit of tomorrow… It is telling the audience to pay attention to the present circumstances we are in. We might be celebrating independence, but is there anything we should be proud about?”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa