and dance about the trials, successes and experiences of graduates with
twists and turns when the realities of life and the folly of their
choices hit them.
The successful outing had various dignitaries in attendance include
Mr. Lai Mohammed the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture; Mr.
Segun Awolowo, the CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council; Mrs.
Chinelo Amazu-Anohu, the Director General of the Nigerian Pension
Commission, Mr. Waheed Olagunju the Managing Director of the Bank of
Industry, Mr. Deji Alli the Managing Director MIXTA AFRICA, Baroness
Lindsay Northover, member of the House of Lords and Trade Envoy to
Angola, and Ms Kate Osamor (MP) – Chair, Nigeria All Parliamentary Party
GroupWill Gompertz the BBC Art Editor described Wakaa the musical as
“soulful, colorful and dynamic” and having “a spirit and sensibility
that is fresh and true”WAKAA! the Musical was able to break new grounds and transcend the
demographic barriers of London’s theatre landscape, prompting Will
Gompertz to further say “ the show is a little bit different and so
audience, the big subsidized theatres here in the UK say they want to
attract a more diverse crowd but struggle to do so, perhaps they should
go along and see how it is done”.see link belowBBC News at Ten, 21/07/2016: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07ksbfyThis was further affirmed by Conor Gaffey, Editor of europe’s news
week who concluded that “the show has heart, energy and a great sense
of humor, and received a standing ovation on the final night when
Newsweek was in attendance”see link below. http://europe.newsweek.com/nigerian-musical-targets-broadway-after-successful-london-stint-483956Wakaa the musical was completely sold out and had standing ovations at all the shows.Wakaa! the musical, the hugely successful homegrown musical became the first of its kind to debut at the Shaw Theatre London.There is high demand for productions of African and indeed Nigerian
origin in London. There were several calls for the show to be extended
or for it to be brought back soon.WAKAA! THE Musical London was made possible by the support of MIXTA
AFRICA, MTN, PENCOM, BANK OF INDUSTRY, NIGERIAN EXPORT PROMOTION
COUNCIL, the British Council, the Nigerian Ministry of Culture and
Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Africa Magic, Ebony life TV,
TV Continental, Africa Movie Channel, Beats FM, Wakanow, IBST, Elufowoju
jr Ensemble, DJA MEDIA, Lanre Dasilva Ajayi, ARIK AIR, British Airways
amongst other partners.