On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, played host to the stage play, Agbarho the Musical; a story which centres around a female character who refuses to marry her father’s choice and the series of difficult events she had to face as a consequence for her choice of spouse. Named Efetobore, she was forced to leave home, accused of killing her husband by his family, sexually objectified by people wanting to take advantage of her desperate need for a job, and discriminated against while applying for an all-male music contest.
Produced by Patrick Otoro Productions, and sponsored by the MTN Foundation, the cast include Nollywood actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Hilda Dokubo, as well as Yakubu Mohammed, Dayo Benjamins-Laniyi, Saratu Gidado Daso, Dr. Ahmed Isah, Real Warri Pikin, Patrick Diabuah, Tosin Adeyemi, Jennifer Ajayi, Amanda Nwoye and Eniola Cole.
A synopsis of the play may seem gloomy on the surface, however, the underlying message portrays positivity in the midst of seeming impossible difficulties. There are lessons in unity in diversity, belief in Nigeria’s triumph, and the power of one to effect change. Timely, especially in an era when Nigeria and Nigerians are faced with mountains of challenges that appear insurmountable, here are three interesting highlights from the play. Enjoy!
Who Says We Cannot Intermarry?
A recap of the play: Efetobore is a gifted singer, an everyday girl born to an Urhobo father and a Hausa mother, who falls in love with a Yoruba man, Wale. She marries Wale against her parents counsel. Let’s pause for a minute. Did you notice the amalgamation of tribes; Urhobo father, Hausa mother and Yoruba husband? Can it get more Wazobia than this?
The Grass Is Also Green in Nigeria
In search of the proverbial greener pasture, Efetobore left her parents house in Delta State to Abuja. What is instructive about this is that she did not leave Nigeria for a better life in should we say, Canada, like most Nigerians are wont to do these days. Moving to Abuja and still making it amid the challenges, shows that the grass is also green in Nigeria.
One Person Can Change A Nation
Another lesson we see in the play is the philosophy that it takes one person to change the world. It is interesting how in the end, all of those who were against Efetobore, especially her father who drove her away for refusing to marry his choice, would turn around to celebrate her successes. This shows that if you persevere in standing for what you believe in, eventually, most of those who once opposed your decision would side with you.
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