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Ketu in Lagos is alive with the sound of dynamic drama thanks to Rachel

31 January

Rachel Otu of Ketu Lagos has been running the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for a 8 years now and has been responsible for developing many children in this area of Nigeria.

She is a wonderfully warm and kind person and she really believes in the huge benefits of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy's international drama programme which brings out the best in each and every child.

To be highly successful in our modern world you have to be good and expressive communicator on an international level. Rachel's school really does develop such children and with her passion for developmental education, many more children will experience how drama transforms children from a very early age.

Here are some of the questions we asked her:

What did you do before you became a Principal of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy?

A researcher in University of Lagos.

How did you hear about the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy?

A friend told me.

What made you decide to become a franchisee?

Helen O' Grady Drama System fitted into what I loved doing. 

What aspects of the Principal training were especially beneficial to you?

Speech and movement skills - they can transform children as well as the adults teaching them.

What month and year did you start your first Academy?

May, 2011

What obstacles have you overcome to start a Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, if any?

Having to convince people about Helen O'Grady Drama System as people still do not know the full benefits of drama. We can see the difference in the children even after a few lessons but in Nigeria people still do not understand, as they do in many other countries, how communication skills are the key to success in life.

Can you tell us what some of your achievements have been since starting as a Principal?

I have been excited and humbled by the dramatic transformation in the lives of children and appreciation from the parents of these children. 

If you can give a new Principal some words of advice when they start out, what would you suggest?

They should love and be passionate on the job.

How many people on your staff?

How many children attend each week?


What advice would you pass on to a new franchisee as regards to staff?

Get people who love to walk with children .

Why do you believe drama is important for children?

 I have seen introverted children transform to confident energetic excited children. 

Would you like to mention anything else about your time with the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy?

Helen O'Grady drama system is unique. I am excited every week to see children change dramatically. 

To enrol a child or to become a franchisee of our international drama school, head to our website: www.dramaafrica.com



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"Helen O'Grady Drama Academy was my daughter Stacey Norman's grounding, and in later years she became a radio announcer on KFM, and is now on Highveld Stereo where she has taken over the Alex Jay slot. Good grounding and good elocution goes a long way to success. Please let Helen O'Grady know she helped make Stacey's dreams come true, and made my heart as a father very proud."

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