A stage musical from the stable of Doyenne Circle highlighting the power of the Nigerian woman; her autonomy, resourcefulness and might, Ada The Country, is set to come alive at the MUSON Centre in Lagos.
Produced and directed by Kemi Lala Akindoju and written by award-winning writer, poet and performer, Titilope Sonuga, Ada The Country is the first all-female cast musical in Nigeria in a while. It underscores the magic women can make when they come together.
The story which has Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, as lead character, Ada, echoes a message of hope amid loss, friendship amid loneliness and strength amid despair. Ada loses her nine-month-old daughter and property in a fire incident which she barely survives herself. She is supported by some women across different generations, who have been through such harrowing experiences, lending her a shoulder to lean on and walking her through restoration.
“These women bring their laughter, their truth, and their own stories of courage. Through them, we dive into themes of ambition, faith, sisterhood, marriage, motherhood, ultimately of healing and hope. Each generation of women paints a picture of what it truly means to be alive and be a woman in Nigeria today.
“We are in a truly pivotal time in history where the progressive voices of women across the globe can no longer be ignored and thereby reshaping the world as we know it. We are seeing over and over that women are taking ownership and working hard to build themselves, their families, the society and indeed the world they desire,” Akindoju said.
Other actors in the musical include Patience Ozokwor, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Chigul, Ade Laoye, Oludara Egerton-Shyngle and Oluchi Odii.