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How Nigeria Became - Unicorn Theatre

How Nigeria Became

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOW Nigeria Became: A Story, and a Spear That Didn’t Work, written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan, runs at the Unicorn Theatre from October 14 (previews from October 9) to November 9, 2014.

It’s 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his feisty troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife.

The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father’s kingdom. But there’s a problem, the story doesn’t quite fit with the governor’s vision of a united country…

Described as a lively and vivid comedy, How Nigeria Became offers an original insight into Nigeria’s beginnings in 1914 and commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn.

How Nigeria Became is written and directed by award-winning Gbolahan Obisesan, whose most recent directing credits include We Are Proud to Present (Bush Theatre), Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic/Edinburgh) and Feast (Young Vic). His play Mad About the Boy was awarded a Fringe First for Best Play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and subsequently played at the Unicorn Theatre. Obisesan also won the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic in 2009 with his acclaimed production of Sus.

The cast of How Nigeria Became are Rita Balogun, Tunji Falani, Stephanie Levi-John, Rebecca Omogbehin and Christian Roe.

How Nigeria Became is suitable for ages 8+.

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

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