At the recently concluded Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016, Nigeria was well represented, as Bikiya Graham Douglas delivered an outstanding performance
At the recently concluded Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016, Nigeria was well represented, as Bikiya Graham Douglas delivered an outstanding performance of the critically acclaimed play, ‘WAIT‘ written by Dipo Agboluaje and directed by Kenneth Uphopho. The message of ‘WAIT’ highlights the strength of the African woman as she challenges a system that forces her into early marriage and tries to deny her an education because she is a woman. In her outstanding and remarkable performance, Bikiya flaunted her versatility by kicking off with strong and clear Afro-jazzy vocals, nicely balancing this power with the whimsical idealism of her character. She hit the mark as, with raw intensity, taps into the despair and disappointment of a woman left with limited options. All through the weeklong festival which was sponsored by Ford Foundation, Bikiya was styled by Mabello Clothier. ‘WAIT’, a true celebration of women who succeeded in the face of adversity, was produced by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation and was first debuted at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Dublin, Ireland as part of the Africa Day Conference 2015 and also showcased at the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival, earlier this year to a rousing audience.