From left Chief Emeka Ojukwu, the Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade, Chief H.I.D Awolowo, Alhaji Maitama Sule and Dr Tokunbo Dosunmu. 1990s

William Warfield in Nigeria. 1956

In 1956 ‪William Warfield‬ came to Nigeria and performed in Ibadan he was famous for his role as Joe in the 1951 Hollywood Technicolor film version, Show Boat.

He came to Nigeria as an envoy of the Cultural Exchange and Development Programme set up by the State Department.

“We made sure that there were many from the neighbouring community for example we had a whole block of youngsters from various schools when I was in Ibadan, Nigeria.

It was very interesting to note their reactions because sometimes they responded emotionally to what was going on in a performance. Their applause was spontaneous, it could come right in the middle of a song if they were moved.

I was singing a little German piece that was a tongue twister – Karl Lowe’s Hochzeitleid and they started saying “ooh! ooh! ooh! all through the song…and then when I was finished there was a thunderous applause.

They were not the typical audience”

Photo: PR Photo 1956

Photo: Lagos Nigeria 1956

Video: William Warfield as Joe in the film Show Boat singing Ol’ Man River



Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Nigerian Civil war

Photo 1: Obafemi and Hannah 1930s

Photo 2: Chief Obafemi Awolowo launching his new book, The strategy and tactics of the people’s republic of Nigeria at the Mainland Hotel – July 1970

Photo 3: Chief Awolowo addressing the people of Owo 1960s

Photo 4: Awolowo: Sculpturer at work whilst his subject patiently sits

Photo 5: Chief Obafemi Awolowo lying in state as Tai Solarin pays his last respect 1987

Photo 6: Segun Awolowo Jnr, hugs his grandmother, Chief Hannah Awolowo at his grandfathers funeral 1987

Photo 7: Segun Awolowo Snr Chief Obafemi Awolowos first son who died on July 10 1963 in a car accident.

Photo 8: King Sunny Ade’s new album Jealousy (The B side was dedicated to the the Late Chief Awolowo) being presented to Mama Dideolu Awolowo at Ikenne by Ola Kazim