The American embassy on Friday collaborated with the Theatre and Performing Arts Department of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, to produce a scintillating stage play in Abuja.
The play, “The Homecoming Queen”, written by Ngozi Anyanwu was performed to commemorate the 2020 Black History Month (BHM2020).
The playwright, Ngozi Anyanwu, was also present in the ecstatic audience, to experience the performance.
The entertaining drama performance, laced with music and dance was coordinated by Dr Rasheedah Liman of the theatre and performing arts department, ABU, Zaria.
It touched on the story of Kelechi, a Nigerian young lady who returned to her village in Nigeria after spending 15 years in America.
The challenges she faced to reconnect with her culture, and her battle with depression due to a past, traumatic experience, dominated the thematic content of the play.
Ms Mary Beth Leonard, the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, said that the performance was part of the embassy’s larger February celebration of BHM 2020.
“Through films, public lectures, and live theatre, we honour the incredible contributions African Americans have made to the United States and to the world.
“These achievements in the arts, sciences, economics and many other fields demonstrate the resolve, resilience and courage of African Americans against the historical backdrop of discrimination and bigotry,” she said.
According to Sterling Tilley Junior, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S embassy, BHM represents, not only the history of struggle but also that of perseverance and collective resolve to triumph.
“The Black History Month is commemorated annually in the United States in the month of February in celebration of the collective ingenuity, creativity, cultural and political experiences of African Americans and peoples of African descent,” he said.
Aruna Amirthanayagam, Country Public Affairs Officer, U.S Embassy, said that the play focused on the state of the African Diaspora.
“The Homecoming Queen, written by a first-generation Nigerian-American, Ngozi Anyanwu, opened to wide acclaim in New York City in January 2018.
“We are very pleased to have Ngozi with us tonight to witness the African premiere of her play,” he said.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola