ENGAGE . EMPOWER . TRANSFORM
About HEAR WORD!
HEAR WORD! is a powerful piece of performance art that combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by some of Nigeria’s most talented actresses. The stories are based on real issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria and examine what factors limit their potential for independence, leadership and meaningful contribution.
The show not only gives a voice to these women, it provides the world with insight into their unique or universal challenges. Tackling topics such as circumcision and barrenness as well as more universal challenges like child molestation, gender-based violence and woman trafficking, HEAR WORD! bravely serves up the cultural and societal norms that oppress and limit African women. It empowers women to break the culture of silence, unite, challenge the status quo, move beyond barriers and create solutions.
HEAR WORD! is directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and produced by and stars Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Lala Akindoju, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri and Odenike.
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HEAR WORD! was first shown at the MUSON Center May 2014, it is now in it's 3rd season. It was written by a dynamic collective of writers and creative, and is ever expanding with new stories of triumph and truth. The show is supported by an online social media platform where women post true stories, poetry, photos, songs and commentary in order to celebrate and highlight real issues that affect and limit their potential.
iOpenEye is a production company aimed at showcasing the best of Nigerian performance art that challenges the status quo with a focus on empowering women and transforming society.
To utilize quality performance art (theatre & film) to inspire and empower Nigerian women to challenge the status quo, unleash their potential for greatness and participate in building a better Africa.
An Africa where all citizens are informed, empowered and can contribute regardless of their gender or socio-economic status. Where women are equal and able to be a part of decision-making, leadership and nation building.
Aside from their yearly programming, iOpenEye provides ongoing pro-bono performance art workshops where young women can refine their craft, gain mentoring and obtain career advice.
Although productions are usually run in a central city theatre, iOpenEye also provides highly subsidized or free shows run in lower income neighborhoods, markets and rural areas of Nigeria.