The Lagos state government has handed over management of the Glover Memorial Hall Arts & Culture Centre (aka GMH) to Lufodo, a theatre and film production company founded by Nollywood actors Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva.
The move is in partnership with Lagos-based consulting and operations management firm Ciuci Consulting. Lufodo will manage GMH for the next five years.
Jacobs announced the news on Instagram, saying: “After a rigorous bidding process for the concession to manage GMH, Lufodo won and on Thursday, the commissioner of Tourism, Arts & Culture Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, along with the permanent secretary princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi and director of theatre Mr Ogunsote, handed over the management of the hall to Lufodo.
“This partnership will have both Joke Silva and Ifeoma Monye as co-CEOs. Silva is in charge of artistic direction and Monye, operations.”
Monye added: “This handover is symbolic and shows that Lagos State is interested in the development of the performing arts industry. With more public-private partnerships, there is no limit to the growth that the great state and nation will experience.”
Built in 1887, the Glover Memorial Hall is a heritage building for theatre and performing arts in Lagos.