Fellows' Presentation

Who Would Choose to Be LGBT and Nigerian!?

Who Would Choose to Be LGBT and Nigerian!?

Part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Ifeoma Fafunwa RI '18

Free and open to the public.

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In this theatrical presentation, Fafunwa will speak about her latest production—a socially transformative stage play that explores solutions to the homophobic environment in today’s Nigeria. Using theater informed by research on cultural norms, popular opinion, and true stories from the Nigerian LGBTQ community, Fafunwa examines the roles that women and religion have played in the systemic propagation of this culture of intolerance. By highlighting these roles in Nigerian society, she aims to portray the unique potential women possess as change makers.

Fafunwa is staging her popular stage play HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True at the American Repertory Theater from January 26 to February 11, 2018. HEAR WORD! is a collection of monologues based on true stories about Nigerian women and aimed at challenging social, cultural, and political norms that limit the potential and contributions of women. She directed one of Nigeria’s cultural submissions for the London 2012 Olympics, and her work has been featured at LIFT, London’s festival for new forms of theater.