May 7, 2015

REVIEW: Hear Word Naija

Hey guys and gals!

I'm so sorry for the silence. It's been a week of well, let's not get into it. I'm back now and while I had a busy weekend, I feel that the first thing I must do is tell you about a marvelous stage production, called "Hear Word! Naija Women Talk True." I won a free ticket on Instagram from the lovely, talented Kate Henshaw, who also stars in the production and I went to see it on Saturday, May 2nd.

Can I just tell you that this is one of the most wonderful performances I've watched on stage?!?!?!? That's including in Hamrika and Nigeria. Gawsh, it spoke to me! If you're in Lagos, nothing should stop you from watching this!!! In fact, my birthday is coming up in a few weeks - as my birthday present, please go and watch it on my behalf since I can't watch it again (actually, I might go and see it again this Friday). I laughed, I hollered, I clapped, I shouted, I cried - the gamut of emotions that struck me through this play was astounding!

A little background - have you heard of the Vagina Monologues? It's a production made up of a variety of monologues that touch on different topics from rape to love to sex to domestic violence and more. Hear Word brings this home to Nigeria. Is it the little girl whose uncle touches her inappropriately? Is it the widow who is forced to sit by her husband's grave due to outdated traditions? Is it the virgin college student who's raped by her first boyfriend? Or the older woman who discovers that her now dead husband had children with multiple women outside the home? Ah, let's not forget how us women are quick to call other females ASHEWO for every little thing. And my favorite - the Christian woman who comes (pun intended) to the realization that God created the orgasm!!!

I can't shout. This production, directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, and starring great actresses, is a MUST-SEE!!! I wish they could take it all over Nigeria. I'll share some photos and clips gotten from their website. If these don't convince you, then I don't know what will. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! GREAT JOB to the cast, crew, director, sponsors, and everyone else who contributed to this powerful offering.

Girl Child Clip: This asks why female children are not as celebrated as males.

Family Meeting Clip: Your husband beats you and after you report him, they ask you "But what did you do?"

Dodo: This one made me cry. "Uncle" taking advantage of a young girl.
ALL PHOTOS AND VIDEO are from the Hear Word Naija website

Venue: MUSON CENTRE, Onikan, Lagos. It's opposite City Mall.
Dates/Times: Fridays - May 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 7PM. Saturdays - May 16th and 23rd at 2PM and 7PM.
Buy tickets via AfriTicketsAriiya TicketsJumia (they have a 10% discount on the tickets, but available for one more week, so buy now) and I think at Terra Kulture.

Tickets are N5,000 (Regular) and N10,000 (VIP)



  1. Thanks Berry for sharing, because u have come bearing this gift i forgive you for abandoning us on this blog!!


  2. I saw it last year and V-monologues the year before. My favorite acts from the previous years are Kemi lala and Bimbo Akintola.


    1. I think they rotate the actresses parts - which ones did they do last year?

  3. The last clip already made me tear up, abeg when is it coming to Phc.

    1. Awww. I wish I knew o. I remember when the theater arts scene in PH was booming - lovely memories.

  4. Thanks berrilicious for d info a must watch

  5. This is really interesting great to have you back, and great post.


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