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Flower the musical… Emancipation of discriminated women


Elvina Ibru

Musical and acting talents Waje, Elvina Ibru and Ufuoma McDermott were among the six women who delivered brilliant musical and dance numbers, whilst telling the stories of the characters at the MTN Foundation sponsored Flower, the Musical.

With its consistent drive towards promoting meaningful artistic works of creators in the theatre industry, MTN foundation recently collaborated with seasoned producer, Gbenga Yusuf to bring the musical to the Glover Memorial Hall stage.

Flower, which is a musical monologue, tells the story of six women – a faithful wife, an accused murderer, a corporate leader, a religious hopeful, a trophy wife and a sex worker, who navigate complex issues relating to their existence in a modern Nigerian society, while promoting the emancipation of discriminated women.


Speaking about his experience working on the project, Yusuf said, “This is the second time we are bringing Flower the Musical on stage. The experience was very good and encouraging. We appreciate the immense support we got from everyone – the actors, cast and crew, institutions and corporate organizations like MTN.”

Commenting on the MTN Foundation’s decision to support the project, Executive Secretary, Odunayo Sanya, said it was a call to action to support the production particularly because it speaks to a vulnerable segment of the Nigerian population, which are women.

“Over the years, it has been tough for women. Not every woman speaks out, but we find this gives a lot of strength to women to know they’re not alone whenever they go through things like rape, genital mutilation, abandonment, and neglect. So, for us, it’s a way to leapfrog a very important part of the social segment, which is the women and also the men.”


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