I attended the premiere of the highly anticipated, MTN Foundation-sponsored, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens on Sunday night and it received a standing ovation! The play, produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions, is about the relationship between Fela and his wives, and the inspiration behind some of his greatest hits. Let me say this, if you see the name Bolanle Austen-Peters on any play, know that it is going to be LIT! She is such an amazing producer and I have deep respect for her, I also know that Fela is such a great export of this country and I am so impressed that MTN is supporting our history and rich cultural heritage by sponsoring events like this.

The night started with light refreshment by Chef Eros and opportunity to network-which was awesome. If you've not seen my video about all that happened this evening the click HERE to see it. Now lets talk about the play-it shines a light on the life of the late Afrobeat legend, with effortless delivery by the all Nigerian cast and crew, some of whom are graduates of the MTN Foundation Sponsored MUSON Music Scholars programme. The feeling you get while watching is just one of amazement, and a personal insight to the lives of the women who helped make Fela what he was and their unconditional loyalty to him. What was most impressive was how the main lead who played Fela was so much like Fela, I felt it was Fela talking, strutting on the stage and singing. That was such a brilliant performance!

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is sponsored by MTN Foundation under its Arts & Culture Cause; aimed at facilitating the reawakening of the theatre dimension of Nigerian Arts & Culture, and telling positive Nigerian stories. Under the Arts & Culture Cause, MTN Foundation also sponsored Saro the Musical, Wakaa! The Musical this year. I saw SARO the Musical and that was when my love for Stage Plays was cemented.

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens will be staged at Terra Kulture from Sunday, December 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018. Keep up with the show and all the highlights by following the hashtag #FelaAndTheKalakutaQueens and @MTNFoundationNG on social media.

See photos from the screening below;


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