NATIONAL TROUPE OF NIGERIA
The National Troupe of Nigeria, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation in the apex performing arts institution in Nigeria. It was formerly established in 1991 by Decree No. 47, the same decree that established the National Threatre.
The National Troupe is constituted by professional theatre administrators and artistes whose primary function is to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria through dance, music and drama.
The National Troupe has since its formal establishment exhibited competence in packaging high artistic productions specifically designed for national and international consumption. The Troupe have had a record of successful artistic outings within the country and have also toured countries in Africa; Europe; the United States; and Asia.
Indeed the qualities of the Troupes theatrical presentations are evident in the scores of successes recorded with well acclaimed productions and projects like 'The Trials of Oba Ovanranwen', 'Yemoja', which won the best drama prize at the 2002 Cervantino International Festival in Mexico, South America, 'Tafida', a play on the life and times of Shehu Musa Yar'Adua which was hailed as o master piece by Nigeria's former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and The Kolanut Dance, the performance of which has received commendations severally