Women’s War is a stage play which throws light on the aftermath of the 1930’s war in Aba when Colonialism altered the position of various Nigerian women in their societies and the collective who dared to redefine their future in the aftermath of the riots. The play which is a movement by filmmaker, director and CEO of Raconteur Productions, Chioma Onyewe was written by Paul Ugbede and directed by Kenneth Uphopho.
The play features an all black female cast focusing on the aftermath of the Aba women’s riot. The revolt broke out when thousands of Igbo women from the Bende District, Umuahia and other places in eastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government. The women of Oloko, fresh from participating in the protest have come back home to build on the success of the protest. This time around, the battle is not against the colonialists but against their husbands and the laws they have created to keep the women under lock and key. However, fighting the devil you know is not as easy as it seem. In actuality, the emergence of the Aba Women’s War was long in the making.
The play stars proficient actors like, Gloria Young, Ego Ogbara, Inna Orizia, Ijeoma Aniebo, Deola Gimbiya and Odera Orji.
Gloria Anozie Young
Gloria Young: Gloria Anozie-Young is an actor, radio and television presenter and producer, mother and wife. She recently celebrated 25 years as a prolific actor. Having starred in over 200 Nigeria home videos, four international movies, 15 stage plays and numerous radio plays.
Ijeoma Aniebo is an exciting all-round performance artist with a passion for writing, acting, screen production and presenting. She first graced the stage in Nigeria’s first ever Broadway-type musical, ‘Oluronbi’, and has since worked on other projects including the first adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s ‘London Life, Lagos Living’ and PAWS stage adaptation of the award winning radio drama ‘Shattered’. She has starred in many an EbonyLifetv and African Magic serial productions and debuted on the big screen with Seyi Babatope’s ‘Lunch Time Heroes’.
Odera Orji graduated with a degree in theater and film studies from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. She featured in the highly acclaimed EbonyLife movie “fifty” as a clerk, then, Played as Zainab in colorless. She also acted in some television series such as: The Johnsons, Dowry, Newman street, Legal clinic and Currently plays a major role as “Peace” in the popular African Magic Telenovela Jemeji.
Ego Ogbaro is a singer and songwriter. She was a back up/lead vocalist for Lagbaja for 12 years before going solo in 2017. She released her debut album “FirSTeps” in 2013 and has been performing with her band INDIGO for over 10yrs. She also loves acting and was part of the Wole Oguntokun directed Vagina and Tarzan monologues in 2010. She currently plays Dr Raji on Mnet’s Tinsel and is playing the role of Nwakego in August Meeting.
Inna Erizia is a total theatre cum voice artiste with a wealth of experience. August meeting is her third outing this year after “Our Son the Minister” and “Fela & The Kalakuta Queens”. She’s excited about playing one of the major characters that established the fame August Meeting amongst the Igbo women. She gives gratitude to God for getting paid while enjoying herself.
Deola Gimbiya is a professional and outstanding working actor on screen, stage and film known for her versatility and ability to adapt and interpret characters quickly since year 2008. Her Stage/Tv/Film credits are, Our Son The Minister, London Life Lagos Living, The Trials of Brother Jero, Death And The King’s Horseman, So Wrong So Wright, Anita, Bridges, Tales Of Eve, New Access and many more. Deola has worked with the Best Producers and Directors in the industry such as Tade Ogidan, Yinka Akanbi, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mo Abudu, Tope Oshin Ogun, Kenneth Uphopho and Imoh Umoren to mention a few.
This women empowering play holds in Agip hall muson centre at 6PM 2nd of March and also 3PM/6PM on the 3rd of March and tickets go for 5000.
Juliet David West, Creative Director JIDZ
The play also features a fashion meets art segment, a special edition of bag designs created by JIDZ. The handmade pieces were crafted in 1930’s style infused with floral from modern leather technique and a blend of palm leaves which is a significant tool women in that era used when they invited other women to participate at times when collective support from women of other communities were needed.
The bags would be auctioned through out the month of march and the proceeds would be given to charity in honour of women’s month. There would also be a giveaway, so you don’t want to miss this exciting event.
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