First Nigerian Musical “Wakaa!” goes to London this July

Ezekiel Adesawe  | Friday, 27 May 2016 | Total Views


Overcoming all odds in the international community, the Nigerian Musical, Wakaa, the Musical produced and directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters will hit London’s west End stage for the very first time from the 21st to the 25th of July 2016.

The proudly Nigerian production is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of young graduates with varied background, a wager between them after graduation has a twist when the realities of life and the folly of their choices hit them. Eventually they reunite, coming full circle.

Interestingly, the story reveals the struggle and challenge young people face in present day Nigeria and abroad as it also take one on an emotional roller coaster. The Musical is a strong satire of the Nigeria’s politics.

The family-orientated 2-hour stage musical extravaganza of drama, comedy, live music & dance, WAKAA! The Musical explores the scheming, intrigues, betrayals and games people play in life.

The producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters excitedly explained that the musical came has a timely response to various calls for African productions on the international scene. She said, ”This is coming in response to growing interests in productions of African origin across the globe, and various calls for us to take this production to the international community. There is a large Nigerian and Afro – Caribbean population in London, who are interested and yearning to see world class productions from Nigeria.”

One of the most interesting and fascinating things about the First Nigerian Musical to be staged in London is that it has strong potentials to boost Nigeria’s cultural diplomacy and promote our common cultural heritage abroad.

The socio cultural and contemporary entertainment production which has the backing of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the National Pension Commission and the Bank of Industry will among other things celebrate the diverse but homogeneous people and culture of Nigeria in a very dramatic way on London’s West End stage come this July.

This ground-breaking show will provide the highly talented and creative youths featured in the Musical with opportunities to experience the UK creative space and technology stylishly.

The venue for the play is at The Shaw theatre, 100-110 Euston Road London’s West End. The cast members of the production are Bimbo Manuel, Patrick Diabua, Nengi Adoki, Dolapo Oni, Ozzy Agu, Jolomi Amuka, amongst others.

Talk show organised and sponsored by the British Council and the UK Department of Culture facilitated in partnership with Chatham House will also feature as part of the Wakaa The Musical. The United Kingdom’s Minister of Culture and members of parliament will be in attendance and other high profile leaders of the creative industry in UK. This is scheduled to hold on the 20th of July at the Pullman Hotel, London.

Another is a cocktail reception sponsored by MIXTA Africa and the Nigerian High Commission in the UK, the UK diplomatic community, business leaders and top UK government officials, The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed will be in attendance at the event.