By Ike Ezugwu.


African Theatre Camp, holding in Okota-Lagos this August will, in addition to giving your children opportunity to appreciate African theatre; acquire improved knowledge and skills in music and dance; develop and enhance their skills in acting, dance, storytelling, mine, pantomime, etc; get improved knowledge and use of communication; hone up their Leadership potentials and get proper Etiquette training, also:

  1. Help boost the children’s self-esteem and help them develop independence: When kids are at camp, they don’t have mom and dad, siblings or relations there to help them approach people and make connections. They just have to put themselves out there and connect to people! The camp teaches the kids confidence when making friends from all different background and places at the camp. Kids are encouraged and empowered at camp to do things themselves though with assistance and guidance from camp counselors. Camps, naturally help children feel good about themselves as they learn life skills. The camp is a great way to encourage self-development and also develop independence, early in life.
  2. Help children get groomed with the right manners and etiquette while still instilling great leadership skills: At the camp, children will be taught etiquette, manners and leadership skills. At the camp, children are less likely to be affected by peer pressure, hence better disposed to learning new skills, manners, values, etc. Bright kids are also more likely to set the pace and tone for other kids and become role-models and leaders. At the end of the day, the Camp will empower the kids and make them feel empowered in tasks they take on in the future.
  3. Help connect and expose the children to diversity: The Camp connects kids to those who they may not normally meet. Kids learn the world is a big place with lots of people, who might do things differently than they’re used to. That includes other kids from different parts of the country and different cultural backgrounds. It is very important to expose them practically to this reality early in life.
  4. The kids make new friends and build good memories. The camp helps children become lifelong friends with people they don’t necessarily live right next door to are in the same school with. They can make friends with people from all over the country. African Theatre Camp offers a unique opportunity for your child to branch out in the buddies he or she has. Navigating and building these friendships over the camp period makes the child more socially confident. This is a life-long asset. Camps builds good memories for the future and African Theatre camp promises to even do more! It promises to be a time of discovery and self-improvement for all children at the camp.
  5. Offers better ways to get the kids usefully active, develop new or existing interests, and get gainfully occupied all summer holiday:  African Theatre Camp remains a veritable nurturing environment for a child to explore activities and programs that could turn into lifelong passions – acting, dancing, broadcasting, etc.  That’s why it’s the perfect place for your child to tap into an interest that he or she wants to carry on after camp is over. Camps like African Theatre Camp help kids learn how to be kids again. It takes them away from the prisons of technology – texting, chatting, browsing, video-game obsession, etc to the real world where real friends and situations are encountered. The children will be kept busy with valuable activities that will enhance their life-skills and ultimately make them better adults. It promises new learning, fun, excitement and lessons that last.
  6. The camp fee is very affordable and friendly: In the face of the present economic situation in the country, a Camp of this magnitude – offering 20 days of intense theatre and communication activities for children, in an environment that boasts of good security, accessibility, hygienic environment and conveniences, fully air-conditioned teaching space and experience and renowned facilitators, free bus transportation (for Festac only), free camp t-shirts, etc – at N2, 000 a day (N40, 000 for the whole Camp) is very friendly for those who need it.


More Information on African Theatre Camp

African Theatre Camp holds in Lagos from August 3 to August 31, 2016 at Okota, Lagos. The theatre camp is the maiden edition of an annual camp designed by Vuvuzela Communications Limited and Nowchild Children’s Theatre to give children opportunity to appreciate African theatre; acquire improved knowledge and skills in Music and Dance; develop and enhance their skills in acting, dance, storytelling, mine, pantomime, etc; get improved knowledge and use of Communication; hone up their Leadership potentials and get proper Etiquette training. The Camp is non-residential and at a fee of N40, 000 per child. According to the organizers, this translates to N2,000 only per day for 20 days of great fun and theatre activities.

The camp opens on August 3 at Diamond Pizza & Restaurants (Formerly Thrillers compound): 158, Okota Road, beside Skye Bank and is open to children between ages 6-10 (Junior) and 11-17 (Senior). There is a free bus arrangement for children coming from Festac area; plus Free T-Shirts and books. There are limited spaces and children will be enrolled on first come, first served basis.