WBUR: Nigerian Play ‘Hear Word!’ Asks Bold Questions In International Debut At Harvard

Publication date: 
April 14, 2016
Author: 
Meghna Chakrabarti

Click here to listen to the interview: http://radioboston.wbur.org/2016/04/14/hear-word-nigeria

When Ifeoma Fafunwa returned to her native Nigeria, she noticed that women weren’t afraid to talk about life’s challenges.

Wednesday night, CNN obtained a “proof of life” video that shows 15 girls alive — they’re some of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria.

Distraught parents marched in Abuja Thursday, angry that the Nigerian government hasn’t done more to rescue the girls.

There are so many forces at work in this awful story: political, social, religious, certainly misogyny. But Nigerian playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa says that if the world is to make an honest reckoning of how and why women are oppressed, women must ask themselves, “What’s my responsibility? What did I do to create this world?”

Bold questions that Fafunwa dares to ask in her play, “Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True.”

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