Bolanle Austen-Peters becomes first Nigerian woman to build a private theatre

Setting up a business in the art industry in Nigeria is no easy feat

It takes a lot of hard work, patience and dedication with the mass of people and personalities that come with it

Bolanle Austen-Peters is breaking new grounds in the industry

Bolanle Austen-Peters is the first Nigerian woman to build a private theatre in Nigeria, Thisday reports.

Austen-Peters is the founder of Terra Kulture, a leading art, culture, lifestyle, and educational centre located in Lagos, Nigeria. It is the premier recreational destination.

With her involvement in the arts, Austen-Peters noticed that there was an absence of spaces and resources for artists, thespians and theatre enthusiasts to thrive and decided to do something about it.

The theatre, which also doubles as a movie-screening venue, will host a range of shows, plays and musicals when it opens.

It will also have the challenging role of providing Lagos, its environs, and Nigeria as a whole with a wide schedule of theatre, comedy, music and dance.

Born into the family of Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), Bolanle started out as a lawyer in her father’s firm and then proceeded to work with the United Nations.

She started Terra Kulture with a vision to create an artistic space to celebrate Nigeria’s music, literary arts, food and clothing, a space that would capture the essence of Nigeria’s culture and would be accessible to locals and foreigners alike.