By Temitope Adegbuyi
The Institut Francais de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA) Nigeria and the Women Research and Documentation Center (WORDOC), in collaboration with the Institute if African Studies hosted an art performance tagged “Hear Word! Naija Woman talk true” at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
The art performance which was staged by the Ifeoma Fafunwa, was a representation of the social climate captured in art and featuring true life issues of inequality facing the female gender. It invited women to challenge the status quo, unite and create solutions to factors limiting their potentials, independence and leadership. The cast included Ifeoma Fafunwa, Ufoma McDermott, Debbie Ohiri, Omonor Somolu, Oluchi Tochukwu, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Blessing Akpofure and Emeka Anokwuru.
WORDOC has established itself as a hub for women’s studies in Nigeria. Ever since its establishment in 1987, the Center has successfully brought to light, salient issues that affect women, and have contributed to the formation of policies to address such. “Hear Word” was the theme for the July edition of the monthly WORDOC event held at the Institute of African Studies.
The performance was followed by a discussion on women issues in Nigeria and the role of art in women empowerment. The discussion had in attendance, Ifeoma Fafunwa, other members of the Institute: Dr. Seun Olutayo, Dr. Sola Olorunyomi, and Mrs Bisi Ogungbesan; the cast, amongst others.
Speaking on the motivation behind “Hear Word”, Ifeoma Fafunwa said she hoped to pass the message to women who are victims of societal rules and do not have the means to voice out.