Stage Play Adaptation of Anti-Corruption Children’s Book, Gbagba, Released in Video Form on World…

first_imgCover art of the book, Gbagba, by Robtel Neajai PaileyIn a recently released video of ‘Gbagba: The Stage Play,’ a diminutive, 8 year-old Liberian child actor proclaims, “In gbagba or corruption, there are never any real winners, only loser.”  On November 20, World Children’s Day, this pithy phrase is particularly relevant because it sums up how corruption—a mainstay in nations both rich and poor—stifles human progress.The play debuted at Monrovia City Hall in Liberia on September 28, 2017 comprising an all-child Liberian ensemble cast trained over a period of five months by premier theater company, Flomo Theater.In the book and its stage adaptation, children navigate the confusing ethical codes of the adults in their lives, in places as diverse as traffic jams, schools, churches and marketplaces. The children express clearly and honestly the concrete ways in which gbagba, loosely translated in the Bassa language as ‘corruption,’ hurts rather than heals society.‘Gbagba: The Stage Play’ was adapted from the anti-corruption children’s book, ‘Gbagba,’ written by Robtel Neajai Pailey, illustrated by Chase Walker and published to critical acclaim by One Moore Book in 2013.The stage play and accompanying highlights video, join a growing collection of multi-media tools adapted from the book to facilitate conversations between children and adults in Africa and across the globe about how to be accountable to self, community, nation and world.In the video and other media outlets, Gbagba author Pailey says that “children are the moral compass of Liberia; they are the moral compass of the world. When they start publicly exposing corruption for what it truly is, my hope is that adults will be shamed into living more honestly, with integrity.”‘Gbagba: The Stage Play’ was made possible through a generous grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). Massa Crayton, Liberia country representative, who was present at the stage play, had this to say about Pailey’s use of the arts to tackle corruption: “The Gbagba story is a classic example of the saying that children live what they see. Gbagba or corruption is one of the major societal vices they grow up with in the home, community and larger society.“Development of the Gbagba story into a stage play for children, who are the future leaders of Liberia, places premium on a much needed national conversation about the effects of corruption and the more than urgent need to curb it. Special thanks to the children who performed brilliantly on stage. We hope they carry the anti-gbagba message as wide as possible.”Since its publication in 2013, ‘Gbagba’ has been piloted in schools across Liberia as well as placed on the supplemental list of readers for 3rd to 5th graders by the Liberian Ministry of Education and for Primary 3 by the Ghana Education Service.The subject of anti-corruption workshops for children in Liberia, Mozambique, Jamaica, and the UK, ‘Gbagba’ has also been adapted into a song, video and radio drama. A sequel is forthcoming in 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DANIEL FANS NOW STRICTLY ‘BORDERING’ ON THE FANATICAL!

first_imgThe hilarious signs placed along the Donegal border.Fanatical Daniel O’Donnell fans are erecting signs along the border pleading with his fans in Northern Ireland to vote for their man on Strictly Come Dancing.The professional posters, made up by local company Donegal Signs, have been placed along the border between Donegal and Derry in a bid to pick up votes.Daniel and Kristina.The hilarious signs are written in local Derry lingo in a bid to get votes in for the star on the BBC show. Signs have appeared along the border in villages including Muff and Bridgend.Fans in the Republic cannot vote for the country singing sensation.But the hilarious signs are pleading with fans “Hi Muckers, Gone vote for Daniel O’Donnell.He’s pure sound. We canny vote dune ere.”Daniel himself says he needs the support of his fans across Northern Ireland to keep him in the competition. “I am like the politicians now, as I have to solicit people to vote for me,” he said.“Never before did I have to look for votes, but I am going to have to call on the people in the UK and Northern Ireland to vote for me every week on Strictly.”Many other Daniel fans are already sending money to relatives in the North and the UK to but there man votes.Bookmakers have already slashed the odds on the Kincasslagh man winning the competition because of the power and loyalty of Daniel’s fans.DANIEL FANS NOW STRICTLY ‘BORDERING’ ON THE FANATICAL! was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellDonegal SignsStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more