May 21, 2018

FINDING HOME RAISES THE BAR

FINDING HOME RAISES THE BAR

The 14th of November, 2014, was a history making night for lovers of the arts who stormed Terra Kulture en masse to see Finding Home, Nigeria’s first spoken word theater production. The event kicked off at exactly 7:30pm with a recorded voice making boarding announcements for flight FH1411 to Home. And what a ride it turned out to be.

Terra Kulture’s usual theater style sitting arrangement was reconfigured with the audience forming a circle around the performers who stepped into the round bearing suitcases. What followed was a string of extremely powerful monologues and drama delivered in spoken word poetry, with the unified theme of African International migration. There was Light, played by Obii, winner of 2013 Naija Poetry Slam, whose husband was leaving the country in pursuit of the proverbial golden fleece, never to return as we soon found out; Tokunbo who had returned to country with high hopes of making a difference, Fifi, the Afropolitan who had no desire to return, Obia the Nigerian-American caught in between spaces, Tony the illegal immigrant who returns from Malaysia in a coffin, Shayo who left Africa to school abroad. These characters played by Titilope Sonuga, Bassey Ikpi, Sheila Ojei, Donna, Ndukwe Onuoha, Efe Paul Azino and Adesola Fakile, told familiar stories of home and exile in a unique way. There were moments of humor, anxiety, and sobriety as the audience followed the performers, latching unto every metaphor and relishing the stories told.

According to British-based performance artist Qudus Onikeku, “The city needs more stuff like this. This comes to me like a sudden gust of fresh air. Perhaps because I am still finding a home in this place I am pretending to return to.”

Finding Home was directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. who recently directed Lola Shoneyin’s Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. Efe Paul Azino, production lead and Lydia Idakula Shobogun whose Gbagyi Child imprint was a partner, delivered the vote of thanks to a happy audience. Finding Home is scheduled for Abuja, Accra, Nairobi, and Jo’burg in the coming year. Finding Home has definitely raised the bar for spoken word poetry in the country.

15606965460_467e06efb5_k15605990499_12e1abee7e_k 15605968369_a1246ebbe4_k 15605965889_eb5d0c6096_k 15172347513_9fda94c583_k 15171841954_33a2201eb0_k 15171841094_83744ae5da_k 15171835174_cb27a2c1d8_k 15768132436_4d5c3148fe_k 15606965460_467e06efb5_k 15791774335_60112137c1_k 15789936081_70c17f4c75_k 15789908601_2b772e4ebf_k 15768137776_e38c5299b8_k 15182616114_d9b46117fb_z HOP_8454 (1024x605) 15803790612_b459f09e19_z 15793365772_5945ff3c92_k 15791780505_b4fc187098_k 15789922601_a6fb4c4cfa_z 15768124606_af4808253e_z 15606653217_597f46e7a9_z 15606373628_cc902c4978_z 15606370718_1e18410b09_z 15605973349_70d2327df0_z 15793351762_f14a22ae02_z 15793350112_67fbeec346_z 15789937011_8369f1828f_z 15789925361_20290855d8_z

 

 

 

 

 

Follow us @sabinewsnaija

 

Photos courtesy: streetglass.org

Related posts

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Finding Home

  2. Pingback: Mentorship May Stifle The Voices Of Young Poets - Efe Paul - Syncityng

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *