Ever since his emergence and appointment into office by the Federal Republic of Nigeria,as the CEO and General Manager of the Monumental edifice and office of the National Theatre,Iganmu Lagos,It became so glaring and obvious as to the many developmental turn around that dawn on the Prestigious National theatre…
He came in with a vision and clear mission,not only to revive the Theater,but he ofcourse knew where he was coming,he understands what he is coming to do…
He took his time to understudy the system,and upon his arrival,he had a soft successful landing that ushered in a new and purposeful driven and result oriented dawn at the National Theatre,Lagos.
Talking about Professor Ododo,as he is fondly
called,you would be reffering to one of the best product,brains,and vibrant enigmatic Nigerian that has overtime play vital and consistent positive roles in National development…no wonder anywhere he heads,works,and touch definately witnesses massive good turn around.
Permit me ladies and gentlemen,arts and lovers of Culture and tradition to grace your view with the rich,commendable, meritorious and enviable profile of the Enigmatic charismatic CEO of the National Theatre, Iganmu Lagos in Person of Professor Sunday Enessi Ododo…
Prof Sunday Enessi Ododo is and can be reffered to as An Intellectual and Cultural Avatar.
Sunday (Sunnie) Enessi Ododo (SEO) is a Professor of Performance Aesthetics, Theatre Practice and Theatre Technology at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
He is a scion of the Ebira Ancestry from Okene in Kogi State, North-Central Nigeria.
Ododo is a versatile literary technician, performance aesthetician, theatre technologist, screenwriter, technical writer, playwright, poet, with outstanding literary and theatrical records.
He is a tested director and actor of a long-standing reputation.
The robustness of Ododo’s scholarship is not only reflected in his deep-seated but humble and convivial nature but also in the rich quantity and engaging nature of his research and over a hundred publications in leading journals and specialist books across the world.
Apart from being a theatre scholar, screenwriter, actor, poet and technical theatre practitioner in his highly fecund career of about three decades, he is reputed to be the exponent of the Facekuerade theory in African Theatre Arts Studies.
SEO is a widely travelled polyglot, Nigerian cultural ambassador and world citizen.
Ododo is a distinguished and versatile creative artist who has made significant contributions to the growth of literature and creative writing in Nigeria through his activities in the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) where has served as Vice President, President and currently a Trustee.
This man of many parts was the immediate past Public Orator, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), served as Non-Official Member of NAL Executive Committee and serving as Assistant Secretary of NAL.
SEO is an active member of many other learned associations such as the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), London; the International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians, and Architects of Theatre (OISTAT); Union of African Performing Artists, among others.
In the last two decades or thereabout, this former Sub-Dean of Arts at the University of Ilorin and award winner, has been the arrow head of celebrating the literary and theatrical achievements of notable Nigerian writers and theatre practitioners like J.P. Clark-Beckederemo, Olu Obafemi, Duro Oni, James Alachi, among others. Through these and other human development focussed efforts, Sunnie Ododo has given numerous young scholars the opportunities to grow and the established ones, avenues to further project themselves and assert their relevance. It is from this point of view (POV) that he remains a valued and respected icon in literary and theatre circles. This Universities of Ibadan and Ilorin trained global scholar is on the editorial boards of many local and international journals, including the World Scenography Project (Africa/Middle East editorial team); Otukpa:
A Journal of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Majac Journal of Benue State University, Performio Journal of Canterbury University, United Kingdom and so on.
In 2012, a two-volume festschrift was published on him and his works to mark his fiftieth birthday: A Gazelle of the Savannah: Sunday Ododo and the Framing of Techno-Cultural Performance in Nigeria. Eds Osakue S. Omoera, Sola Adeyemi and Ben Binebai. Rochester, United Kingdom: Alpha Crownes Publishers.
In 2019, Prof Sunnie Enessi Ododo was admitted as a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), the highest Nigerian academic body for the humanities. In August 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR appointed Prof Ododo as the General Manager/CEO of the National Theatre, Nigeria. Within few months of his appointment, he has embarked on massive reform and restoration of the iconic edifice into a world class event and tourist centre.
Ododo is strong believer in the philosophy of mentor-mentee kinship. He is a compassionate, humane, kind, generous, selfless and warm personality.
This world class scholar is welcoming, accessible and ever ready to listen and assist those in need. His intellectual energies are complemented with a fierce and penetrating vision, an uncommon capacity to make things happen, and to galvanise processes to fruition.
He is a man of redoubtable courage and fearlessness, a skilled hunter who can follow the elephant to its hiding lair in the jungle to caution it for trespassing on corporate farmlands and hallowed homesteads.
He is a fine gentleman whose sense of colleagueship and collegiality has uplifted many and endeared him to many others beyond the shores of Nigeria. And by the grace of God, SEO is happily married to Dr. Monica Sunnie-Ododo and their union is blessed with three beautiful children including a barrister at law and a Chemical Engineer.
Prof. Ododo “One of Africa’s finest” is African Culture and Tourism Promoter of the Year,a special recognition award by the African Lives Development Conference and Awards 2021 held in Kigali, Rwanda- Date- June 12, 2021.
Obviously from the above,you would agree with me that Professor Ododo no doubt remains one of the biggest most successful exports Nigeria has ever produced and from us @hypevaultNG ,we pray for more success and wisdom for him as be continues his commendable strides and efforts at sustaining the National Theatre to the world class brand it is known for.
Special thanks to the Public Relation Outfit of the National Theatre Lagos,for there support on this…truly we will always wish to further associate with your many successes…