Latif tackles road safety in Men Don Die

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
 This pastor was hilarious
This pastor was hilarious

Playwright, Latif Abubakar of Globe Productions, has found a way of addressing pertinent issues in society with his plays and his latest drama, Men Don Die, staged at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) over the weekend tackles road accidents.

With a humourous storyline which engages patrons throughout the 1hour 30 minutes play, Men Don Die is set in the middle of a thick forest in the outskirts of a town.

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While on a journey for different assignments, two couples find their mission impossible when their vehicle, a mammy truck popularly known as “boneshaker” is damaged in the middle of the journey.

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Enraged by the development, a couple who had set off for divorce start blaming each other for their woes while another couple enroute to marry starts to ‘strategise’ on how to make their marriage ceremony successful despite the immediate challenges.

The about to wed couple is annoyed by the constant arguments from the married ones. They don’t understand why the other couple is at each other’s throat when they are enjoying the bliss of love despite their unconfortable situation.

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 Ecow Smith Asante (second right) played the role of a policeman

Following the interesting development between the couples, another passenger and also a pastor steps in.He points it out to the young couple that marriage isn’t a bed of roses and encourages them to take lessons from the situation of the estranged couple.

“Bravo”, this patron seems to say

While at it, help comes their way when the police arrives after persistent calls. The police however discovers the vehicle is not roadworthy, no fire extinguisher and the driver does not a valid driver’s licence among others hence, putting the lives of passengers at risk.

Starring notable actors such as Adjetey Annang and Ecow Smith-Asante, who are regular faces in Latif’s productions, Men Don Die tackles other important issues such as lack of resources of the Ghana Police Service.

 Music and dance spiced up the play

Other cast members include Shelter Sey (Ama Monica), Abraham Mcpratt Dadzie (Kwame), Solomon Fixson Owoo (Driver), Leslie Annobi Wallace (Pastor), Samira Suh Hini Omar Farouk (Armed robber) and OB Black (Rukaya).

The cast was phenomenal

Latif Abubakar, who directed the play with Joojo Tetteh Quantson told Showbiz that his newest work seeks to create awareness on road safety in a light-hearted manner.

“The news about accidents on our roads are devastating to state the least. As a nation, we have expressed our share of grief but beyond that, the accidents have cost fortunes, broken hearts and shattered dreams.

 The damaged ‘Boneshaker’ was a refuge when they were attacked by armed robbers

“That is why this is everybody’s concern. Concern is not only about talking or feeling sorry. It is taking responsibility and ensuring that we do all we can in our various capacities to end these unfortunate occurrences which are claiming lives of hundreds daily,” he said.

Men Don Die is a road safety campaign in partnership with Presec@80 Anniversary and the National Road Safety Commission.

 It was a packed house

Latif Abubakar has 12 plays to his credit including Thank God for Idiots, Romantic Nonsense, You May Kiss the Corpse, Gallery of Comedies, The Second Coming of Nkrumah, What Can Come Can Come, I Can’t Think Far and Judas and Delilah.