Smash Nige­rian mu­si­cal ready to wow London

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Lagos

Love, power, money and thwarted dreams — all set to an Afrobeat. Those are the es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents ofWakaa! The Mu­si­cal, a Nige­rian stage pro­duc­tion set to hit London later this month.

A run­away suc­cess in Lagos last year, the mu­si­cal fol­lows the fate of a group of young grad­u­ates who strike a wa­ger be­fore set­ting out on their cho­sen paths in life.

Now, af­ter win­ning rave re­views at home, the pro­duc­tion is set to trans­fer to the London stage.

Through its four char­ac­ters— Kike, Tosan, Ngozi and Rex— London au­di­ences will get a taste of life as lived by young Nige­ri­ans to­day.

From the ide­al­ism of a young doc­tor and a po­lit­i­cal mover and shaker to the get­rich-quick dreams of a sunny-na­tured dancer and the gilded ex­is­tence of a rich busi­ness­man’s daugh­ter, Wakaa ex­plores their tri­als and suc­cesses, all with a healthy dose of po­lit­i­cal satire thrown in.

For Kike, the spoiled and overindulged daugh­ter of a wealthy Nige­rian, life is one long hol­i­day.

She sees her­self as First Lady one day, but in the mean­time she wants to fo­cus on her fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties — shop­ping and lux­ury travel.

Tosan, who falls in love with Kike, could not be more dif­fer­ent. A rad­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion­ary, he dreams of a bet­ter Nige­ria for the com­mon man and works hard to try to make a dif­fer­ence.

But pol­i­tics can be a murky busi­ness in Nige­ria, one of the world’s most cor­rupt coun­tries, and ev­ery­thing is not al­ways what it seems, as Tosan soon dis­cov­ers to his cost.

Ngozi is an­other ide­al­ist. A doc­tor who re­turns to her vil­lage to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity. Af­ter years of study­ing, she is de­ter­minedto use her ed­u­ca­tion to help stop child traf­fick­ing and child la­bor.

Then there is Rex, the happy-go-lucky dancer set on mak­ing his for­tune, and­mak­ing it fast. He knows what poverty is like and wants noth­ing more to do with it.

Writer and pro­ducer Bolanle Austen-Peters de­scribesWakaa as the story of “a young guy who wants to leave Nige­ria to live the fast life in London, but then he dis­cov­ers (the) grass is not al­ways greener else­where”.

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