Every Sunday in March 2020 at TerraKulture Arena
In his debut outing as director of his own play, the Nigerian actor Bimbo Manuel is foraging for something between the sheets.
ALHAJI, the third play he has written but the first he would stage, tackles erectile dysfunction, a subject he places squarely in a polygamous home.
His protagonist, a man of means, played by Yinka Akanbi (sometime actor, sometime filmmaker, mostly advert practitioner) is married to three women and suddenly finding himself unable to perform as a man, begins to evade them in the house.
“He is unable to discuss it with anyone, not even his wives, for fear of losing face in the bedroom and in search of redemption, instead launches on a journey to find resolution to his challenge, this matter that defines him as a man!”, Manuel explains in a telephone interview.“Sexual dysfunction among men is not something that is freely discussed”, Manuel, an actor of close to three decades, says .
It would be interesting to see how ALHAJI departs from, or zooms close to, Lola Soneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, a hilarious novel with the same subject published exactly 10 years ago. “It is the simple story about a serious matter that invites us to laugh at ourselves”, says the playwright and director.
ALHAJIpremieres Sunday March 1, and is on stage every Sunday of March 2020 (March 8, 15, 22, 29).
ALHAJI boasts a line up of stage and movie stars, to support Akanbi. The cast includes Manuel himself, Monalisa Chinda-Coker and Hilda Dokubo
It is largely funded by Bolanle Austen Peters Production (BAP), with Bolanle Austen-Peters as Executive Producer; and Joseph Umoibon as producer.
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