Maafa hits theatres October 1

From the stable of Eda Theatre Group comes Maafa, a story that narrates how mankind can find redemption at the darkest hours of his life.

Scheduled for October 1 at the National theatre, Iganmu, Maafa deals with racism, tribalism, slavery, and delivers the keys to winning the battles of existence, the race for survival, whether as individuals, group, family, or nation.

Translated to mean the African Holocaust, Maafa is derived from a Kiswahili word meaning disaster. It tells the story of about 500 years of the suffering of the African people through slavery, imperialism, colonialism, apartheid, rape, oppression, invasions, among others.

According to the director of the play, Segun Olujobi, the vision behind putting Maafa on stage is to rebuild the walls of Nigeria.

“The vision is to rebuild the walls of Nigeria, as delivered to us by God through the account of Nehemiah in the Bible. I know it sounds vague because it will be hard for people to believe, but every vision that changed the world was first laughed at. Ask Bishop David Oyedepo when God told him he’ll build a 50,000 worship auditorium with no single pillar- the world laughed but we can all see the outcome of that vision today.

The production is staged with support from the Director General/Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Mr. Akin Adejuwon, individuals and corporate organisations, Olujobi added.

Maafa tells the story of the life of a warrior who never lost a battle until he finds himself in a situation where, in order to survive, he must make a sacrifice to lead not just himself, but a whole nation, out of its trouble.

Sebastiane Ebatamehi

I am a Writer and Online Publicist, destined to give a voice to the silent echoes and hush whispers that are seldom heard

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