Quod Élan

It can be tempting to throw in the towel. You might even have walked away from what you really wanted believing that maybe this battle was not one you could win. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes when you need to keep fighting the good fight against all odds. So, If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality. Remember, first they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win because strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something — war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce. So, never contend with a man who has nothing to lose because that is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms. Remember, you may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. So, to become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.

Ilorin, city, traditional emirate, and capital of Kwara state, western Nigeria, on the Awun River, a minor tributary of the Niger. Founded in the late 18th century by Yoruba people, it became the capital of a kingdom that was a vassal state of the Oyo empire. Oyo’s commander at Ilorin, Kakanfo (Field Marshal) Afonja, led a rebellion in 1817 that destroyed the unity of the empire.

LET’S MEET THE DIRECTOR OF MOA

Phylix’s Blog; Can you give us a brief history about yourself sir ?

Director of MOA; My name is Emmanuel Oluwaseun Duntoye Eminikafolawe. I am from Africa, Nigeria to be precise. My family house is located in a place called Kwara, Oro precisely. I had my first and second degree from the prestigious University of Ilorin.

Phylix’s Blog; Wow ! Amazing sir !
Some people avers that theatre symbolically is like your twin sir ? What can you say about this acclaim view on your personality Sir ?

Director Of MOA; There is no iota of truth in that, theatre is not my twin, theatre is me, I am theatre. I didn’t find theatre, theatre found me. The world is a stage. Everybody is rehearsing unknowingly,. One day, we took our entrance (birth) and one day we are going to exit the stage (death). I have a good feeling when I am watching a stage production, a better feeling when I am directing and the best feeling when I am acting. My relationship with theatre is unexplainable.

Phylix’s Blog: Hmmm… You’re popularly known as Asanlu sir ? Can this be traced to the emanation of your theatrical personality Sir ?

Director Of MOA; Tentatively, I don’t want to talk about that. I still want people to keep guessing about how the name came into being.

Phylix’s Blog:However sir, we have been hearing about Asanlu Entertainment Empire coming up with the most anticipated stage play production in Ilorin, kwara state Nigeria ? How true is this assertion sir ?

Director Of MOA; The Moxie of Afonja is no longer a stage production but a life experience and a life-changing production especially for the cast and crew members. The project is bigger than us now but God has been our source of strength. Let us meet on July 13 at the Performing Arts Auditorium, I don’t want to start blowing our trumpet.

Phylix’s Blog; Hmmm…. We will hold on to that sir ! What do you think about “theatre” in this contemporary times compared to screenplay movies sir ?

Director Of MOA;Theatre is a serious business for serious-minded people. Screenplay will make you famous but stageplay will make you better. All stage actors can do a screenplay but not screenplay actors can go on a stage. There is no elements of screenplay that can’t be achieved on stage ranging from flashback, soliloquy to an aside.

Phylix’s Blog; Hmmm…
I remember you said that the project is bigger than you but God has been the source of your strength sir. Could this also be a way of encouraging the Nigerian youths ?
Director Of MOA; Hmmmm…. God gave us brain so that will won’t be disturbing Him everything. I don’t want to sound religious here because there is always the place of hard work, tenacity, consistency and discipline in achieving greater height. Every budding artist should know that there is always a learning phase. Therefore, they must be ready to serve.

Phylix’s Blog;Wow !! This is profound, thank You so much sir ! ?July 13th _ 4pm !! ???