The play, sponsored by Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications operator, Etisalat, was a well-timed piece as it held same time the yuletide celebrations were in their highest points. It also was a perfect culmination of what had proved a long, but successful season for the sponsor, cast and production team.
The audience was not left out of the joys of the moment on offer during the four-day period the Agip Hall stage was besieged by the voices of social change which spoke to such issues as women empowerment and inclusion, inequality, domestic violence, transformation and socio-cultural restrictions on the womenfolk. They were provided with the opportunity to wind down, recreate old flames between spouses, re-ignite family bond and connect with old friends while making new ones.
Speaking about the company’s support for the stage play, Etisalat Nigeria’s Head of Events and Sponsorships, Modupe Thani said it aligns with the company’s tradition of creating and supporting platforms that enable people to express themselves in whatever fields such as literature, photography, theatre arts, education, music, entertainment, technology, entrepreneurship and sports.
“We believe in giving people the platforms to express themselves the best way they can. We do this through different platforms that accommodate various talent groups be it innovation, music, sports, literature, photography, theatre arts, education, young entrepreneurs and any other way we can contribute to the development of the society,” she said.
‘Hear Word’ 2015 was a collection of 20 stories based on real life accounts told in a fashion that combined creativity, originality, diction, passion and stage mastery by a cast of Nigeria’s best dramatis personae featuring the ever green Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor Somolu, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike Odetola-Odeleye.
The stories played up the numerous cultural, legislative, economic and social restrictions which limit the potentials for achievement, independence, decision-making and leadership among women. They also aim to inspire support for women and the fight against all forms of ills that affect the well-being of the society.
With the closely linked central themes running through the collection of stories performed in monologues on the night by the cast, albeit in hilarious fashion, the audience in the packed full Agip Hall, Muson Centre must have bought a well-scripted book designed to provide guidance in according women folks their rightful place in the scheme of things.