This Play Highlights Historic Women's Rights Struggles In South East Nigeria

For generations, women have been fighting for equality in our supremely sexist world. There is no region on earth that doesn't have a history of women's rights struggles.

While the Western plights have come to define the different waves of feminism, stories such as The August Meeting  a play which depicts the Aba Women’s Riot, also known as The Women's War — narrate the bravery and strength of the women who lived in Nigeria's harsher times. 

(Photo: The August Meeting)

(Photo: The August Meeting)

The Women's War saw thousands of Igbo women mobilise against the unjust policies that were being implemented against them, and it remains an important moment in history where women joined forces and showed strength in the face of the oppressive male system. 

In the aftermath of the war, The August Meeting held it's inaugural session — an assemblage of women from all over Nigeria's Igbo kingdoms, to commemorate their unity and bravery during the Aba Women's Riot.

(Photo: The August Meeting)

(Photo: The August Meeting)

(Photo: The August Meeting)

The August Meeting is a theatrical adaptation of this moment in history, written by Paul Ugbede, directed by Kenneth Uphopho, and produced by Chioma Onyeme.

The play highlights the story of a particular woman, Nwanyereuwa, the leader of the women of Oloko, and analyses the steps taken by these women in their demand for autonomy and their fight for liberation against aged traditions that subjugated women and relegated them to the background.

Although it is a story from a century ago, the themes of the production are extremely topical today. The August Meeting tackles gender inequality, women's participation in politics, monopolised androcentric power, female domesticity and other key themes along the lines of female subjugation. 

The August Meeting will open in Lagos on November 18 at the Main Stage in Freedom Park, before touring Nigeria and closing in Aba on December 2n. You can find tickets and more information about the play right here.

(Photo: The August Meeting)

(Photo: The August Meeting)

(Photo: The August Meeting)