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Aboyowa tells the story of a spouse-harassed young man and his encounter with a 14 year-old destitute lad in a Lagos beach a few days before Christmas. The outcome is a soothing of troubled nerves and the need to reconcile filial as well as matrimonial differences, embodied in love and forgiveness, in the essential spirit of Christmas. The author, Mr. Joe Dudun, an active participant in the evolution of Nollywood, is a creative writer, filmmaker, public perception strategist, conservationist as well as journalist. He was Assistant Features Editor of The Punch in the late 1980s/early 1990s and Managing Editor (Features and Special Stories) of Abuja-based Leadership Newspaper in 2014, coordinating reportage of the 2014 national conference. A founding member (and presently Secretary of the Board of Trustees) of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Joe has directed The Great Tide: The Story of Nana Olomu (13-part TV serial dramatizing the epic story of Nana of the Niger Delta (Best Docu-Drama, Zuma Film Festival), Judgement Day, The Village Square, Beyond Obligation and Wale Adenuga Production’s SUPER STORY – The Promise, among others. He also co-wrote and co-directed Cascade, a UNICEF sustainable development advocacy movie project. His major screenplays include Nneka: The Pretty Serpent, Fatal Desire, Goodbye Tomorrow, Onome, Tears For Love, Thorns of Rose, Oracle, Only Love, Intimate Strangers, Never Again, Hostage By Barter, Ogodobiri, Azima (AMAA 2007 Best Original Screenplay Nominee), and Wale Adenuga Productions’ Super Story – Omajuwa: The Destiny Child. Others include Ripples, Candlelight, One Too Much (13 episodes), Living For Tomorrow (104 episodes), Our Time (26 episodes), Broken Songs (65 episodes), screen adaptation of Ebi Akpeti’s The Perfect Church as well as Script Editor in the screen adaptation of Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine, among others. His play, Uwale, was longlisted for the 2010 NLNG Prize for Literature. Email - email@example.com
Longlisted for the 2010 NLNG Literature Prize, Uwale dramatizes the emotional bond between two young lovers, Tosan and Priye, who hail from feuding ethnic groups and lays bare the psychological and physical pains of ecological degradation and economic deprivation. Utilizing imagery and highly symbolic monologues, the play unveils the impact of oil exploration and exploitation on the psyche of the indigenes of the oil producing areas and the ultimate strains that lead to intra and inter- ethnic conflicts as well as the quest for a dignified existence. The play, however, suggests that there must be a meeting point of ideas for there to be peace and progress in society, dramatizing the supremacy of the xylophone of understanding over the drums of war.