Chibok girls goes on stage in Habiba, the musical


Chibok girls goes on stage in Habiba, the musical.
The ordeal of one of the 276 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram terrorist group in 2014 is the focus of the musical stage play, Habiba. The musical which will be staged at the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos on November 23, seeks to draw attention to the plight of the girl-child in society.
Produced by Longshot Communications, Public Relations Company and Bara Productions, a Theatre, TV/film production outfit, the musical is the story of a vibrant and brilliant young girl brought to life on stage. Using a fictional character whose name also formed the title of the play – Habiba, the audience is taken along on the girl’s journey from the events leading to the day she was kidnapped along with her school mates in April 2014 by members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group to the day she escaped from her captors.
According to the Creative Director, Longshot Communications, Mr Kelechukwu Anunibe, Habiba seeks to raise questions on the unresolved issues surrounding the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014. He said although some of the girls were later released at intervals by the Boko Haram following negotiations with the government, many others are still in captivity.
Kelechukwu said, “Our stories are designed to bring social issues to the front-burner of the nation’s consciousness by driving conversations that birth social change. As a storytelling organisation, we have been providing artistic and directorial support to a faith-based organisation in Lagos since 2017 and we will continue to do so.”
“Habiba the musical tells how resilience can bring out the strength needed to keep going. The audience should be ready for an exciting artistic experience. It’s a pot-pouri of songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance with infusion of other elements of aesthetic piece” the Project consultant, Olufemi Bolorunde assured the audience.
Habiba has casts like Ex. BBN house mate, Tony Offiong Edet (Thin Tall Tony), Ralph Okoro, May Okanigbe, Bridget Okonkwo, Irene Chiadika among others and directed by Kelechi Anunibe and Frank Konwea.

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