Alright if you were not at the National Theatre on the 2nd of October, then you truly missed out on a show of a lifetime. Being independence, the show kick started with the National Anthem and the atmosphere was just right as patriotism oozed. The Artistic Director of National Troupe gave a rousing speech which gave us an insight into the play. A compelling and riveting performance, Maafa combines Intricate dance steps,Â soulful songs and delightful acting to tell a moving story. Playwright Segun Olujobi has crafted history and Director Makinde Adeniran has given it life.
Sobifa Dokubo as the Narrator held the audience with his baritone voice, taking each and everyone on a journey of self discovery as his words hit deep within us. Kunle Omotesho was superb as his depiction of Osusu had us live through Osusuâ€™s life in different phases, first as a renowned warrior, as a slave and most importantly as a husband.
Madikaegbu Chukwuebukaâ€™s role as a savage and brutal Captain Alex had the audience gasping and anticipating his next act of savagery with trepidation.
James Samuel Femi and Ademuyiwa Adewale as William and Johnson took the edge of the play off with their actions causing laughter to ripple across the audience despite the tense air as the play unfolded. As a whole, each and every cast member of Maafa gave their best and the result was an enjoyable evening of sober reflection, of laughter and of hope renewed.
As Ahmed Yerima subtly put it, â€œthis show is ready for broadway and why not?â€ So I put it to EDA Theatre International Ministries and National Troupe of Nigeria, what are you waiting for? Let us tell our own story to the world, let the world especially the Western World see for themselves the pain they caused and are still causing.
As we applaud the playwright, director and cast of this wonderful performance, we should not forget the message, neither should we allow the euphoria of an enthralling show whittle down its gospel; A gospel of change, of hope and a mantra of Peace.