Thursday, January 31, 2008




The first reading of the Nigerian version of the Vagina Monologues took place yesterday at the offices of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (K.I.N.D.) About 20 females came together from all over the country to examine the new script.

The Nigerian version was written by five writers, laspapi (who'll also be directing the 2008 performances) Ijeoma Ogwuegbu who writes for The Sun Newspapers, Tunde Aladese who writes for True Love magazine and is an associate producer on the Mo Abudu Show, Princess Olufemi Kayode- Head of the N.G.O. - Media Concern and the blogger, Overwhelmed, who schools in Canada.

The Monologues based on interviews of Nigerian women around the country and the personal experiences of the writers were closely scrutinized by an army of inspectors. There are a few tweaks needed here and there but the script is basically ready. Rehearsals will commence within the week.

Pic 1- (Seated from left) The Executive Director of Project Alert- Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, the TV producer and show host-Funmilola Iyanda, the theatre producer Sharon Obang and standing behind, the writer-Tunde Aladese

PIC 2- (From left) Princess Olufemi Kayode, Hafsat Abiola-Costello (Executive Director Of KIND) and Amy Oyekunle of KIND

PIC 3- (Standing from left) Tunde Aladese, Ijeoma Ogwuegbu

11 comments:

Frances Uku said...

ehen finally, the gist i dey wait for since. thanks for the pics and can't wait for the play to get on its feet!

2ndCorin5:17 said...

niiicceeee... keepin watch, keeping watch 2 hear more about d play!!

laspapi said...

@ frances- look at you, frances. Except you see the arts here, you ignore my blog.

@ 2nd Corin- There'll be further updates, scribe.

Afrobabe said...

ok...where is overwhelmed in that pic? my brain is busting here...lol

Aladura said...

I love the first 2 pictures - they present a focused, structured and professional outlook.

Honestly, I don't know where you get your zeal and energy from.

I wonder how your brain rests, because you both (the BRAIN and you) are always active and 'on the move'. Pre-emptive Multitasking.

Well Done!

Uzo said...

Great...M really excited about this and i didnt know Overwhelmed was part of the writing team? Fabulous....

laspapi said...

@ afrobabe- she didn't attend the reading. She was back in Canada by then but her works had already been made part of the main body.

@ aladura- I don't know how I do it either. Thank you for the kind words.

@ Uzo- ONB joined the team too. We're working towards a great production

Afrobabe said...

oh, now I can rest...

Pink-satin said...

wow!great works!

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

scuse me, why wasnt i invited????? im upset o..

laspapi said...

@ afrobabe- :D

@ pink satin- thank you very much, satin

@ 36"- I'm really very very sorry. You wouldn't have had the time sha. Too many meetings.