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Culture Diaries; Belong


I remember seeing Oc Ukeje’s visceral performance  in Micheal Asuelime’s ‘Mystery” a few years ago at the Muson. Saying he had a really good 2013 and even roaring 2014 will be a bit of an understatement. I am eager to see him in the upcoming television mini-series  ‘Dowry’  written and directed my Victor Sanchez Aghahowa  which should be airing this May. Toyin Oshinake and Bimbo Akintola were also brilliant in last year’s ‘A husband’s wife’ directed by Abiodun Kasim.

This Easter though they  can be seen in the play Belong along with Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, , Tunji Sotimirin, Opeyemi Dada, Emeka Nwachukwu and Marcy Dolapo Oni.

Belong is written by Bola Agbaje, Nigeria born British, multi-award winning playwright whose credits include GONE TOO FAR.  BELONG is a light comedy about identity and stations in life. The drama starts out in the London with Kayode (Toyin Oshinnaike) and Rita (Dolapo Oni). The couple are at a low point after moody Kayode has failed in his attempts to achieve election to Parliament after an embarrassing Twitter episode, a theatrical first that will assuredly not be a last.  As if the depression isn’t enough for a man who has sacrificed his career to misguided allegations about the racism of his equally Black political opponent, along comes Bimbo Akintola’s Fola, the first of a pair of truly overpowering Nigerian women. Her job is to sell the country to émigrés and persuade them to come back “home”. And she carries it out with the kind of fearsome relish that makes refusal almost impossible.

Against his wife’s wishes, Kayode decides to take a reflective break to visit his Mother, Mama, portrayed by Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett. Mama has semi-adopted a former “area boy” Kunle played by OC Ukeje , and is trying to turn him into a local politician with a brief to modernize and remove corruption.

Scheduled to hold at the Federal Palace Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria island Lagos from Good Friday, April 18 – Easter Sunday, April 20,2014 by 2pm, 5pm and 7pm respectively

Tickets are selling on Jumia.com and Naijaticketshop.com and her sales points at Silverbird Galleria and Ozone Cinemas.

Belong premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2012 and will be Bola Agbaje’s play to be staged in Lagos and is also the maiden production in the Live Theatre on Sunday Showcase Series, which are slated to happen at Easter and Christmas.

You can watch the trailer here

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