Lola Shoneyin’s “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” is getting a stage adaptation!
The book, which I consider one of the best works of literature to come out of Nigeria,”The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives“ is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria.
Dolapo Oni, who has featured in “Desperate Housewives Africa” and “Diary of a Lagos Girl” will be starring in the stage play adaptation of the well read novel.
Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.
The cast includes Jumoké Fashola (Inspirit, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast Show; Dirty Little Secrets, London Festival of Cabaret), Christina Oshunniyi (Ife, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Center; One Session, First Star Studios), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Cane, Bush Theatre), and Marcy Dolapo Oni (Iya-Ile, Soho Theatre; The Marcy Project, OHTV) as Baba Segi and his wives.
The cast will also include Ayo-Dele Edwards, Tania Nwachukwu, Diana Yekinni, Ayan De First, and Usifu Jalloh.
The bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.
Femi Elufowoju will direct the multi-talented West African ensemble in the UK premiere production, featuring live Yoruba music, songs and dance.
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