Lari Williams MFR.

Actor, poet and playwright, Lari Williams in the 1970s.

Lari Williams studied journalism at the London School of Journalism and then went on to develope his interest in drama at Morley College, and Mountview Theatre School (London) and then the University of Iowa in America.

While in England he set up a group named Calabash Artists.

He came back to Nigeria in 1977 for FESTAC ’77 and decided to remain in Nigeria with his family.

As well as acting in soaps like Village Headmaster, Ripples, Mirror in The Sun he also taught arts at the National Theatre.

When the political party, The Movement of the People (MOP) was formed in 1983 he was the Vice Presidential candidate and Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s running mate.

Some of Williams’ published works include plays like Black Current, Storm Baby, Kolanut Junction and Heartlines.

Lari Williams was the first President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria

1970s
Front L-R: Bayo Martins (Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afro-jazz) and Naiwu Osahon (author)

Back L-R Lari Williams (actor and playwright ) , Abulo Bamijoko

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