Stage play highlights issues men face in society

Samuel Okocha, Lagos

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Man Enough, a stage play by Bolanle Austeen Peters Production, highlighted some of the realities men go through in today’s society at the Terra Culture in Lagos.

The play shines light on the issues men face in dealing with financial pressure, societal expectations, and stereotypes for them to act “man enough.”

It’s a very thought provoking play,” the producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters, told Voice of Nigeria at the Terra Culture.

“It’s a play that’s supposed to get people thinking about what we are doing wrong in our society and what we should be doing so that men do not become completely emasculated.”

According to Bolanle Austeen-Peters, the play was inspired from recent stories of suicide, drugs and how the society seems to be stripping men of their pride.

On Sunday, the play attracted theatre lovers, guests and dignitaries, including Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

“The play is dedicated to the challenges of men and I think everybody inside the hall saw himself in one role or the other. And as we saw being ‘man enough’ means different things to different people,” the Minister, Lai Mohammed, told newsmen after the play ended on Sunday.

“We laughed and went through some bouts of sadness, especially the guy that committed suicide in the play. It’s a pity because these are the things that happen not to just here but everywhere in the world.”

The play explores three major characters, Bruno, Onyilo, and Thino, and their struggle to achieve more while they live in denial of their own realities. Through their stories, the play showed men preying on men, older women preying on young boys and guys that are not able to fend for their families anymore.

The play comes on stage every Sunday in the month of November in Lagos at Terra Kulture, an educational and recreational space set up to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian Languages, Arts and Culture.

Omolayo.A