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Children, Movie Practitioners Hold 25th Anniversary For Late Hubert Ogunde



The sleepy town of Ososa in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State was alive on Friday, April 24, 2015, when the who-is-who in the movie industry in Nigeria and the society stormed the town to celebrate 25 years of the demise of Chief Hubert Adedeji Ogunde.
The late theatre legend died in London, England on Wednesday, April 4, 1990.
Children and family members of the late doyen of theatre in Nigeria gathered in Ososa to throw a glamorous and colourful ceremony to celebrate him.
Also, a museum was launched in his honour, where some of his works were put on display for all to see and reminisce on his lifetime.
Icons in the industry, who presented their different group artistic performances, which include, Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners(ANTP) and the newly formed TAMPAN, re-enacted the life and works of the pioneer director of the National Troupe of Nigeria.
As Ogunde’s didactic and critical music blared through the public address systems, guests at the event could not but reconnected with his life.
The event not only portended the late Ogunde as a theatre practitioner, but also as an outstanding musician, composer and a social critic, who fought relentlessly against injustice and oppression.
Amid encomiums by actors, government officials, and traditional rulers, the Ogunde Museum was commissioned with promises by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by the Commissioner for Tourism and Culture in the state, Mrs Yewande Amusan, to partner private investors in the development of tourism and culture in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the Ogunde family, one of his daughters, Mrs Victoria Oloruntegbe, stressed the importance of the museum, which she said was inevitable in keeping the memory of the patriarch.
She stressed the fact that the film equipment and works of Ogunde are perfectly intact, and added that the museum is the personal apartment of her late father with all the compilations, arrangements and expenses borne by the Ogunde family.
She described the museum as a dream come true and a promise fulfilled as pledged during his 20th remembrance anniversary.
The Museum houses all Ogunde’s works, including, songs, pamphlets of his plays, costumes, drums, drama equipment, and personal effects.

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