Actresses performs throughout a stage play HEAR WORD! to mark the 16 Days of Activism in opposition to Gender Primarily based Violence in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
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The UN’s marketing campaign in opposition to gender-based violence kicked off on Friday in Nigeria’s largest metropolis, Lagos, with a play that includes an all-female solid.
The play opened on the Worldwide Day for the Elimination of Violence In opposition to Ladies, the primary day of a 16-day marketing campaign that runs till December tenth, Human Rights Day.
“Nothing connects with humanity the way in which poetry, music and drama do and this is available in poetry, it is available in music, it is available in drama and these are great automobiles and methods for us to succeed in individuals as a result of these conversations are very critical conversations and it’s extremely tough to get individuals to speak about critical issues…”
…but when you may get them by means of music, by means of drama it is simpler for them to grasp it whereas they’re getting entertained however on the similar time, it is touching the core of their humanity then it is getting their consideration”, stated creator and inclusion advocate, Uri Ngozi-Chukwuka.
The director of the stage play took inspiration from a Broadway present she noticed referred to as ‘For Coloured Ladies’.
“Once I began the work, I wasn’t conscious of how highly effective the work was, however it’s gone on for nearly 9 years, which implies it is working. Then the opposite factor that tells me it is working is that individuals come again. So, within the foyer, you hear individuals say, ‘that is my fifth time and then you definately hear any individual say 5? Is it solely 5? My very own is eleven, you realize what I imply? So, individuals come again to see the present and other people come again to see a present when it is greater than leisure”, admits stage director, Ifeoma Fafunwa.
One of many most important actors within the play believes it’s a rewarding position because it carries a way of duty and obligation.
“Being part of the present it is a completely different small little bit of emotions. It is rewarding, it is thrilling, it additionally provides you that sense of obligation that duty has been handed to you and it’s important to perform”, stated actor Zara Udofia Ejoh.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with an estimated 200 million individuals, has all the time publicised points round gender-based violence.
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