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‘Hear Word ‘ returns to Harvard


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Ifeoma Fafunwa has been invited to stage powerful play Hear Word! for a second season to the prestigious American Repertory theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. from January 26 through February 11, 2018. The much-applauded women’s empowerment production made its U.S. debut at the award-winning theatre at Harvard University campus last year, with every show sold out before opening night.

HEAR WORD! is an anthology of monologues, which tackle issues affecting Nigerian women today. This arresting and honest stage play is a collection of generational stories about the political, social and cultural factors affecting and limiting the lives of Nigerian women. It is co-written and directed by current Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Ifeoma Fafunwa of @iOpenEye Productions.

The play features some of Nigeria’s best stage and screen actresses, including Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ufuoma McDermott, ElvinaIbru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Omonor, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri, Odenike, as well as master percussionists – Blessing Idireri and Emeka Anokwuru.


Hear Word was described by award-winning novelist and journalist, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, as
“Scintillating and evocative” while Harvard professor of English, Biodun Jeifo said it’s “A powerful feminine vision.”

Since the play made its Lagos debut in 2014, the show has continued to sell out, both at home and abroad, and has been seen by thousands of audiences across Nigeria.

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