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Wakaa! The Musical storms Abuja today


Cast of Wakaa! The Musical after a performance

Contemporary Nigerian theatre is at its peak with Wakaa! The Musical, produced by Bolanle Austin-Peters Productions (BAP), will this weekend hit Abuja with its scintillating performance at The Regent Secondary School, beginning today, September 23 through 30, at 7pm daily, while a command performance holds at The Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, on October 2 at 7pm.

The hugely successful homegrown, record-breaking musical theatre completely sold out in its recent outings in Lagos and London. In July 2016, it became the first Nigerian musical to be performed at London’s West End, where it had a completely sold out shows and a waitlist of eager theatre goers hoping there would just be one more show for them to see.

According to its Executive Producer and Director, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, Abuja being the seat of government and foreign embassies and delegations of international organisations, is an ideal location for a proudly Nigerian production like Wakaa! The Musical.

She noted that the production has significant potential to boost cultural diplomacy and promote the image of Nigeria, adding that it will also provide residents and visitors to Abuja an alternative source of entertainment and recreation.

“It is, indeed, a new dawn for the Nigerian theatre industry and, our team is spearheading the renaissance or, if you like, the resurgence of this hitherto neglected sector. Wakaa! The Musical is a perfect way to celebrate Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary and a refreshing addition to the Abuja entertainment sector.”

Austen-Peters further stated that Wakaa! The Musical is strong satire on Nigeria’s politics and society, stressing that it explores the scheming, intrigues, betrayals and games people play in life to get ahead.

The socio-cultural and modern entertainment production rejoices in the diverse yet homogeneous people and culture of Nigeria, while examining current pressing issues of mass youth unemployment, lack of opportunities for social mobility, immigration and migration.

Wakaa! The Musical was made possible with the support of MTN, Dorman Long, Africa Magic, The Regent School, Transcorp Hilton, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Channels TV, Ebonylife TV, Salamander Café, WEFM, Silverbird TV, Rhythm FM, and Nicon Luxury Hotel amongst other partners.

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