A stage play inspired by the book ‘The Story of Baba Ali’ written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, seeks to encourage parents, families and governments on the need for conscientious upbringing of children and correction of juvenile delinquency.
Titled Gula, the play was premiered last weekend before kids, families and notable individuals at Terra Kulture, VI, Lagos.
According to the producers, the stage play will show on October 7 and 8 by 3pm and 7pm at the same venue.
The play is a captivating true-life account of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s encounter with Gula aka Baba Ali – one of the most dreaded criminals in Northern Nigeria during his incarceration in Yola.
It revealed how Gula, the son of a missionary became unruly and eventually becoming leader of a criminal gang after coming in contact with peers who influenced him negatively.
The Executive Producer of Gula, Mr. Oduwole described the play as a story of courage, hope, taking responsibility and of second chances.
He said; “while in incarceration, Obasanjo’s life was hanging in the balance but rather than allow fear, depression, self-pity, or loneliness to engulf him, Obasanjo in a display of rare human strength, took responsibility to understand why the prison was full of young people.
“While in prison Obasanjo had encouraged Baba Ali that God could forgive him despite his past. Through persuasion, prayers, fasting Baba Ali repented and after serving his terms, sought and found Obasanjo, now the President of Nigeria– who sent him to a Baptist seminary.”
Baba Ali is now an ordained Baptist Church minister in charge of a Baptist Church in Kaduna for the last 9 years.”
Speaking about the Play, Obasanjo said: “There are so many lessons to draw from Gula!, For me what lessons can we learn individually, collectively and as a country.”
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