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Celebrated Actresses Serve up Inspiring Theatrical Performances at Etisalat-Sponsored “Hear Word”



Bimbo Akintola; Producer and director of ‘Hear Word’, Ifeoma Fafunwa; and Kemi Lala Akindoju

In furtherance to its commitment to the empowerment of women, Nigeria’s fastest growing and most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat sponsored the 2015 edition of Hear Word, a theatrical performance which highlights and addresses the challenges of Nigerian women.

Produced by Ifeoma Fafunwa, Hear Word showcased the best of Nigerian performance art with a cast of extraordinary Nigerian actresses such as Joke Silva, Deborah Ohiri, Lala Akindoju, Zara Udofia, Rita Edward, Ufuoma McDermott, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor and Elvina Ibru, and Odenike.

Etisalat is proud to support Hear Word because it celebrates Nigerian art through the creative works of women”. Chief Executive Officer, Matthew said during the Ankara Night show of Hear Word.

The theatre production which began on April 29, with a special performance at UNILAG, and premiered at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos on May 1st till May 23rd featured stories based on everyday realities of Nigerian women.

For those who missed their favourite Nigerian actresses in the mind-blowing theatre performances, don’t worry because these extraordinary ladies will be back for the second phase of the 2015 edition of Hear Word later in the year.

Till our favourite heroines grace the Hear Word stage once again, here are some pictures from the month-long theatre production.

See photos from the event below:

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher with wife Deborah Willsher

Producer and director of ‘Hear Word’, Ifeoma Fafunwa (left), and Deborah Willsher (right)


Founder and Chairperson of The Chair Centre Ltd, Ibukun Awosika (left) and Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson (right)



Producer and director of ‘Hear Word’, Ifeoma Fafunwa; Actress Rita Dominic; and Guest



Director, Business Development, Etisalat Nigeria, Alex Kamara; Actress, Ufuoma McDermott; Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Actress, Odenike; Producer and director of ‘Hear Word’, Ifeoma Fafunwa; and Actor, Ozzy Agu.


Guests at Hear Word, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Oil & Gas, Tanya Spencer (far right)









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  1. hotchick

    June 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I loved this production. Every single second of it was exquisite.

    Great way of showcasing issues women deal with. And, in a relatable way, without losing the messaging.

    Not to take away from the fantastic cast – each a star in her own right – but Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett and Omonor Somolu both shone brightly – in my personal opinion.

    Well done to the cast, crew and organisers.

    Got so carried away I almost signed off with my real name, plus last name:-).

  2. Noms

    June 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Hear Word!
    It was an absolutely wonderful experience.
    The delivery was soooo on point and the message more real

    Ashawo, Iyaloja, Songs of praise, Italo(women trafficking) were on of my favorites.
    Omono’s solo presentation of her complaining to her inlaws of being beaten by her husband…the inlaws who siad it was okay to be beaten by a man agreed to talk to their son when she the next time she won’t only squeeze his d..k but chop it, and then they said they will talk to their son.
    Ufuoma Ejenobor’s first lines of ‘”some men dey craze for their head”…analyzing the kolo men and the normal men. I liked the part when they had to dance shoki for the correct men plus other popular dance steps…
    Oya Lemme get back to work.
    I was expecting to see Dakore though.
    Can’t wait for the next season, ok, I dey wait.

    Thumbs up to the entire crew and the producer/director is soooo gorgeous.

  3. Timothy

    June 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Saw it too and it was great. I laughed at soke some and cringed at other bcos of the thoughts of those acts actually happening for real, especially Omonor’s potrayal of the abuse metted out by her husband or Bimbo Akintola’s character being given out as an overnight gift to guests by her husband. I loved Ufuoma McDermont’s “Sister James”, Joke Silva’s “Iyaloja” or Lala Kindoju 2 acts. Overrall, all the skits were great and i would see it over and over again

  4. eyong

    June 4, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I was under the impression Kate Henshaw starred as well? I do recall seeing her doing a beautiful Tribal dance on instgram, videod by Rita Dominic who was in the audience. Anywho, great to see great actresses finding success beyond the screen. Let all those razz nollywood babes keep hugging their five seconds. The reall actresses are coming bavk witha vengeance.

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