African style satire by top Nigerian actresses
Women openly expressing their opinions on the deep-rooted inequality between men and women is not something you will hear too often in countries such as Nigeria. Hear Word! breaks through this culture of silence with a stand-up show crammed full of colourful characters unafraid to tackle any subject. Ten leading actresses engage in a revealing commentary on highly charged themes such as arranged marriage, domestic violence and female genital mutilation, as well as more universal topics such as the limited role played by women in government and politics. They present personal stories of Nigerian women with compassion and humour, accompanied by powerful commentary. A passionate indictment of the status quo and a powerful call for change: Hear Word!
Leading director Ifeoma Fafunwa has been initiating theatre and film projects with a socially critical voice in Nigeria and the United States for over twenty years. In recent years, she has directed The Vagina Monologues and various works by contemporary Nigerian playwrights. She also wrote and performed the one-woman show Eggs and Fleas. In 2012, she provided the Nigerian cultural contribution to the London Olympic Games. In 2014 she founded iOpenEye, a production platform aimed at social reform and emancipation through theatre and performance.
directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa starring Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Odenike, Rita Edward, and Debbie Ohiri. It features some adapted monologues made available by the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND).
Ifeoma Fafunwa is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye, a Nigerian production company formed in 2014, which utilizes performance art to drive social change. She has over 20 years of creative collaborative experience on projects in theatre, architecture, film and fine art in the U.S. and Nigeria. Her work in theatre includes directing The Vagina Monologues and a number of plays by contemporary Nigerian writers including Not My Affair, The Naming Ceremony, Digging for Gold, and Diagnosis for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. She wrote and performed the one-woman show, Eggs and Fleas, which was nominated by the Los Angeles Weekly for best solo performance. In 2012 Ifeoma directed Nigeria’s cultural submission for the London Olympics and in 2014 she participated in the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). In April she will be a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and runs a pro-bono performance art workshop building capacity for young female performers and university students in Nigeria. She currently lives in Lagos and is married with four children.