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On Sunday 15th June 2014, the much buzzed about Nigerian adaptation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf, was held at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The play produced by Keke Hammond, was directed by Wole Oguntokun of Renegade Theatre.

Cast of the play including Oreka Godis (Lady in Yellow), Carol King (Lady in Red), Funke Akindele (Lady in Orange), Diana Yekinni (Lady in Blue), Ade Laoye (Lady in Brown), Osas Ighodaro (Lady in Purple) and Bikiya Graham-Douglas (Lady in Green), were present to thrill all.

Also there to enjoy the play were Waje, Anita Okoye, Bovi and Christabel Ugboma, Kunle Afolayan, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Marian Okanrende, Seyi Shay and MI.

Red Carpet

Funke Akindele & MI

Funke Akindele & MI

Oreka Godis

Oreka Godis

Osas Ighodaro

Osas Ighodaro

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay

Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan

Bikiya Graham-Douglas

Bikiya Graham-Douglas

Carol King

Carol King

Maria Okanrende

Maria Okanrende

Diana Yekinni

Diana Yekinni

Ade Laoye

Ade Laoye

Tive Ibru

Tive Ibru & Fiance

Osas Ighodaro,Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Waje, Ade Laoye, Diana Yekinni,  Funke Akindele & Oreka Godis

Osas Ighodaro,Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Waje, Ade Laoye, Diana Yekinni, Funke Akindele & Oreka Godis

Osas Ighodaro, Ade Laoye, Diana Yekinni, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Keke Hammond, Carol King, Oreka Godis & Funke Akindele

Osas Ighodaro, Ade Laoye, Diana Yekinni, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Keke Hammond, Carol King, Oreka Godis & Funke Akindele

Guests

Anita Okoye, Cecil & Keke Hammond

Anita Okoye, Cecil & Keke Hammond

Christabel Asimonye Ugboma, Bovi, Keke & Ceci Hammond

Christabel Asimonye Ugboma, Bovi, Keke & Ceci Hammond

On Stage

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10 Comments

  1. poko leelee

    June 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Has anyone noticed how Bellanaija subtly refrained from giving any detailed review of the play? This suggests a whole lot…. and I share same sentiments with the undertones of this article! lemme stop before BN voltrons start to descend on anyone that dares to have a contrary opinion to the popular view!

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    • madman

      June 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      BN doesn’t like the truth but what’s wrong in telling the truth. You speak well.

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    • nene

      June 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      i already talked about the play in a previous post. disappointed!

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  2. Amh

    June 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Sheyi shay looks hot, i wonder why fine guys like ugly girls. The very handsome guy and rbe ugly fiancee. Hmm i rest my case. Love is a beautiful thing.

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  3. Idak

    June 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I shared a view elsewhere on this site and i was called a hater.
    I have even revised my view and come to the conclusion that not only was the sound production awful,the script was boring too (irrespective of my strong bias towards the director).

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  4. Work in Progress

    June 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I saw the play and I liked it. IF BN would permit, here is my review:

    1. The sound quality was awful, though one would concede that Expo center can’t have the same acoustics as Muson or Terra Kulture as those places are purpose built for plays and performances. 2. Even though they tried to “Nigerianise” the play, they didn’t do too good a job of it, beginning from the title, For Coloured Girls. Abeg, who are the coloured girls in Nigeria? Another example of failed “indigenization” is the Lady in Red (Carol King) whose husband was a depressed Veteran – an American term referring to ex soldiers and not used in Nigeria.
    3. The play was in Monolougues/Dialogues with light acting, so it wasa bit monotonous. This was exasperated by the bad sound quality. Monolougues are best where the sound quality is top notch and you can follow the inflections in the actors’ voices. If I hadn’t had a prior understanding of the story, it would have been hard to understand the play. If you’ve read the Play by Ntozake Shange or seen the movie adaptation by Tyler Perry (I believe) then the play would have made lots of sense to you.
    4. That said, the Actresses delivered mostly sterling performances. I loved Oreka Godis’ rendition of the Lady in Yellow, Osas Ighodaro as the Lady in Purple and Carol King as the Lady in Red. Bikiya Graham-Douglas also brought some sass to her character as the Lady in Green. Funke Akindele brought in too much of her Jenifa persona to her character as the Lady in Orange.

    That said, it was a good show and Wole Oguntokun did a good job directing the play and getting the actresses to project their different characters.

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    • Idak

      June 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Work in Progress,

      How could you like the show with such awful sound quality?
      I had no prior understanding of the story so it was understandable that I did not understand the play and found the script boring.

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  5. Berry Dakara

    June 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Awww, sad I missed it. Thanks for the review @ Work in Progress.

    That being said, I like Funke’s dress and Seyi Shay looks nice.

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

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  6. Cherelle

    June 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Where is Sheyi Shay biko nu! #am-I-on-my-own?

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  7. Coco Rose

    October 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    since when is Tive Ibru engaged? Is that picture description accurate?

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