A Life in the Arts

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Early Sketches

His first professional outing was in Wole Soyinka’s epic for Nigeria’s Independence, A Dance of the Forests in which he played an enthusiastically reviewed Murete of the trees.
The success of that Nineteen-Sixty Masks’ production was followed up the next year with the production of Sierra Leone’s Independence play, Sarif Easmon’s Dear Parent and Ogre in which again he was specially remarked on as Charlie Randall. Continue reading A Life in the Arts

On Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett's 70th Birthday – Time and after Time


Commemorative Discourse

Spoken by


 on Sunday, February 20, 2011

at the Mother Teresa Multi-purpose Hall, Idimu, Lagos

after the Thanksgiving for the 70th Birthday


Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, OON


Mr Chairman, the Celebrant, our elders, our age-mates, our juniors, officials and adherents of our cherished faiths, ladies and gentlemen…you are welcome to this gathering.

Today we celebrate one of us, a well-loved one especially, Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett. She has attained that special signpost in age. The occasion duly provides us this opportunity to celebrate her. We should wonder however: would she have been equally worth celebrating last month? Last year? Five years ago? Her country has certainly not waited for her to attain age 70 before honouring her officially. Yes, it says in the good book: “Teach us to count the number of our days,” but it does not say that we have to be 70 before we “apply our hearts unto wisdom!” Continue reading On Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett's 70th Birthday – Time and after Time