Come Sunday, 2nd of October at the National Theatre Iganmu Lagos, Eda Theatre International Ministries will be presenting a performance like never before. Maafa, an epic story of slavery and history.Â Let me not deceive you, this show will be the show of the year and the good part? The show is free, thatâ€™s right it is free and what better way to spend independence day other than to examine the past and envisage a better future.
Maafa is the story of a godlike warrior (Osusu), as told by his own very son .It is the story of man’s inhumanity to man; the story of an untold truth. Sold into slavery with his pregnant wife, and son, through the deception of his own people, the Warlord, Osusu, soon discovers that his destiny lies in uniting the warring tribes of his nation to achieve their much awaited freedom.
However, the task seems impossible especially when the tribes fail to see who exactly the enemy is.
Like they say, “the enemy on the outside is easy to fight but what do you do with the one within?”
Maafa is the story of liberation. The story of change.
Maafa for those who might not know is a Kiswahili term for “terrible occurrence” or “great disaster”. Maafa refers to the Black Holocaust when millions of Africans died during the journey of captivity from the west coast of Africa to the shores of America.
Maafa doesnâ€™t just examine slavery, it picks on our diversity, and it shows how we can find strength from within and from our diversity. Laced with humor, Maafa is a soulful performance that showcases the rich culture of Africa, and in the same vein calls to the fore, our humanity, our capacity for evil against each other and the promise of hope if we can cast aside our differences and treat ourselves each and every one as humans with dignity and respect.
What to expect tomorrow? Check out a sneak preview