Ifeoma Fafunwa

Ifeoma Fafunwa is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye, a Nigerian production company formed in 2014, which utilizes performance art to drive social change.

Her recent work includes producing and directing HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True – a collection of riveting monologues based on true-life stories of Nigerian women, aimed at challenging social, cultural and political norms that limit the potential and contribution of women.

Ifeoma has over 20 years of creative collaborative experience on projects in theatre, architecture, film and fine art in the US and Nigeria.  Her work in theatre includes directing The Vagina Monologues and a number of plays by contemporary Nigerian writers including Not My Affair, The Naming Ceremony, Bigger & Better, Digging for Gold and Diagnosis for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. She wrote and performed a one-woman show Eggs and Fleas, which was nominated by the Los Angeles Weekly for best solo performance.  In 2012 Ifeoma directed Nigeria’s cultural submission for the London Olympics and in 2014 she participated in the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).  In April 2016, Ifeoma will work as a visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in Cambridge.

She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and runs a pro-bono performance art workshop building capacity for young female performers and university students in Nigeria. 

She currently lives in Lagos and is married with four children.

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