(Dance Drama written by Francesca Emanuel & Ogochukwu Promise; Conceptualised by Segun Adefila; directed by Seun Awobajo; Produced by  Footprints of David Academy)

Date: Thursday April 23, Time: 1pm;  Venue: Main Stage, Freedom Park, Lagos


SEIZING SAMBISA is a dance drama woven around the ravaging story of the 276 female students kidnapped in the night of April 14-15 from Government Secondary School, Chibok town in Borno State. Members of the notorious Boko Haram sect later claimed responsibility for the kidnap. The girls were said to have been taken into the ‘Sambisa Forest’ – a former colonial forest reserve -- said to cover about 60,000 square kilometers and straddling the North-Eastern states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, and Bauch!  Though some of the girls were reported to have eventually escaped, about 219 of them are yet to be accounted for -- one year after! Deploying sarcastic humour to blunt the edge of pain, the dance piece explores the fate of these school children, the impact on the psyche of parents, companions and the community from which they have been plucked. It provokes reflections on the paradox of power and powerlessness, the seemingly intractable reign of impunity in society. Folklore, dance and music hold the audience in thrall. This experimental dance drama is a work in progress, inspired by this year’s Festival Theme for the Vision of the Child, and presented as its companion piece. This offering also reveals possibilities of a multi-media performance format for a future Children’s Theatre.


ABOUT FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ART ACADEMY: Since inception in December 2005, Footprints of David Art Academy has been using art as a tool for change in the society and beyond. Its members are mostly children, and pupils and students in elementary and secondary schools. The troupe, however, strives to perform to international standard in performing arts, and has been a key feature in the Lagos cultural circuit. 



Story by: F.Y. Emanuel (OMR) & Promise Ugochukwu (PhD)

Conceptualised by: Segun Adefila 

Directed by: Seun Awobajo

Produced by: Footprints Of David Art Academy  


  • Rasheed Rilwan Adisa, 
  • Adebajo Olufemi,
  • Rasheed Waris Olanrewaju,
  • Sangokunle Anuoluwapo,
  • Chidera Nwobodo,
  • Usen Emmanuel, 
  • Ademeso Oluwasegun,
  • Olanrewaju  Muiz, 
  • Abayomi Peter,
  • Jewoola Feranmi, 
  • Abolade Ezikiel,
  • Abolade Racheal,
  • Oyekanmi Titilayo,
  • Kehinde Ajike, 
  • Kehinde Iseoluwa,
  • Ononuga Maria Adunni,
  • Omotore Oriase,
  • Babatunde Goodluck,
  • Mosaku Damilare,
  • Bakare Damilare,
  • Morire,
  • Moses Akintunde,
  • Blessing,
  • Oyindamola,
  • Ige Abimbola,
  • Ige Jerimaih,
  • Abolade Omogbolahan,
  • Ajibola Jinodu,
  • Kodaolu Dolapo