Chief Hubert Ogunde; The Doyen of Traditional Nigerian Drama

In remembrance of the late Chief Hubert Ogunde who was born exactly 100 years ago on the 31st of May 1916. He died 74 years later on the 4th of April 1990.

Hubert Ogunde in line of duty

Hubert Ogunde was born in a town called “Ososa” in Ogun State, very close to Ijebu-Ode, to the family of Jeremiah and Eunice Ogunde.

He had his elementary education from 1925 to 1932; attending St John School, Ososa, (1925-1928), St Peter’s School, Faaji, Lagos, (1928-1930) and Wasinmi African School, (1931-1932).

Late Hubert Ogunde

The famous Ogunde was a fantastic Nigerian actor, a playwright, a theatre manager, and a musician.

He founded the first professional theatrical company in Nigeria, “The Ogunde Concert Party” in 1945.

He is, today, regarded as “the father of Nigerian theatre, or the father of contemporary Yoruba theatre”

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