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The Julie Coker Show  : Original Full Article 

https://sicklecellnews.com/2020/04/16/coronavirus-the-julie-coker-show/

 

Coronavirus:

The Julie Coker Show

If you were an adolescent in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s, you probably know or have heard of Julie Coker. Till today, if your given name is Julie, people of that generation automatically add ‘Coker’ as a sobriquet.

Though retired, Chief Julie Coker remains one of the shining lights in the history of broadcast journalism in Nigeria.

Daughter of a Yoruba father and Itsekiri mom, and based in the UK; Chief Coker visits Nigeria at least once a year, shuttling between Lagos, Ikorodu and Warri. She returned to the UK at the end of February, just before the corona virus lockdown saga began.

Now 79, and very uncomfortable with the tedium of isolation, Chief Coker bent her artistic talents toward producing a video.

The video shows a youthful looking, merry grandma prancing as though it was her 60th birthday.

A former actress and beauty queen (she was Miss Western Nigeria in 1957), she was married to another broadcasting icon, Michael Enahoro.

One of their children, Richard, was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia as a child and raised in London. He passed away in 2002, aged 29, following treatment for leukemia.

Helen Isibor-Epega, aka The Venus Bushfires, initiated the first world’s first Pidgin English opera

Foundation

The Richard Coker Foundation (RCF) is named in Richard’s honour. The Foundation, run together with Chief Coker’s nephew, Baba-Jallah Epega  has been at the forefront of SCD sensitization across several States in Nigeria. In 2019, the RCF carried out SCD awareness and Essay Writing competitions at several secondary schools in Lagos, in tandem with the world’s 1st Pidgin English Opera composed by The Venus Bushfires, for students at the Alliance Francaise and the MUSON Centre, Lagos.

Teachers and students enjoy a matinee at Alliance Francaise, Lagos, courtesy Richard Coker Foundation, EMC3 and Venus Bushfires, world’s first Pidgin English opera
Venus Bushfires ensemble on stage for Lagos secondary school student

Hopefully, by July, the coronavirus apocalypse would have petered out, enough for a grand 80th Birthday for one of Africa’s pioneer television Amazons.

For more on the work of Richard Coker Foundation, visit https://richardcokerfoundation.wordpress.com/

For more about the Venus Bushfires, visit http://thevenusbushfires.com/
For more about EMC3 visit https://emc3.com/

EMC3 Nigeria in collaboration with Thorburn Investments in aid of the Richard Coker Foundation well supported by FCMB presents ‘Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera’ the world’s first pidgin English opera, by The Venus Bushfires aka Helen Epega.
On the 8th of November 2019, Students of Falomo Junior High School, Ikoyi (Lagos), distinguished guests and members of the public are in for a treat at the performance of the ground-breaking show at the famous MUSON Centre, Onikan (Lagos).

READ THE EXCLUSIVE RCF REPORT 8TH NOVEMBER 2019 : 

RCF Report Song Queen A Pidgin Opera Sickle Cell Essay Writing Competition November 2019

Please See Competition Film:

 

‘SONG QUEEN: A PIDGIN OPERA’ THE WORLD’S FIRST PIDGIN ENGLISH OPERA COMES TO TOWN TO DAZZLE, ENGAGE AND INSPIRE.
EMC3 Nigeria in collaboration with Mike Adenuga Alliance Française Centre, Wazobia TV/Radio in aid of the Richard Coker Foundation presented ‘Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera’ the world’s first pidgin English opera, by The Venus Bushfires aka Helen Epega.
On the 26th, June 2019, students of three public secondary schools in Lagos got an initiation into the artistic world of the opera, courtesy of the Richard Coker Foundation (RCF) and The Venus Bushfires.

READ THE EXCLUSIVE RCF REPORT, JUNE 2019 :

RCF Report Song Queen A Pidgin Opera Sickle Cell Essay Writing Competition June 2019