LAGOS, Nigeria; 17th August 2018
On Sunday, 12th August 2018, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju took her audience on a journey of failure, pain, pushing the boundaries and what it takes to achieve success.
The one-woman play, NAKED held its last show for the second cycle and from the first to last scene, Lala played a starlet whose make-up artist and stylist disappeared on her and had to take matters into her own hands. She carried the audience in and out of her memories without losing them in either the present or the stories of her past that she tells.
With an undertone that stardom is not what it seems, NAKED takes you on an intimate journey of the highs and lows of the lead & only character, growing up and her experiences as a green thumb in the entertainment industry.
She keeps her audience glued to her every move, putting them at the forefront of her memories. There’s a shift in the ambiance every time she loops in and out of her memories and secret tears are shed along with her as she unveils the abuse, pains, and failures.
The play has moments of laughter and tears with something everyone can relate to. Lala wields the stage in a way that only a seasoned thespian can, piloting the play to a victorious end.
“I just want to let everyone know that our challenges are not that different and we shouldn’t feel ashamed” – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
According to the director, Kenneth Uphopho, the vision of the production is to use NAKED as a medium that gives a voice and educates the younger generation of creatives, giving room for mentoring and empowering the young in the industry. The future of NAKED is, with adequate and proper funding is to go around and beyond the shores of Nigeria and Africa.
This vision was kick-started with the first showing of NAKED free for young female actors to encourage them to face their challenges and steer them in the right direction.
With 8 showings in total and hosted by Lamide Akintobi, the play was attended by top Nollywood personalities, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs, Biola Alabi, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Shaffy Bello, Pastor Tony Rapu, Ini Dima-Okojie, IK Osakioduwa, Funke Bucknor Obruthe, Nancy Isime and many more.
A Q&A session was later held to give the audience an opportunity to ask questions, share their views, define the impact of the show and how it can be extended to the general public.
The hour-long play which teaches the values of self-worth, rediscovering self and self-esteem was written by poet, Titilope Sonuga and produced by Brenda Uphopho and Kemi ‘Lala’Akindoju with Oludara Egerton Shyngle as associate producer.
NAKED is a result of collaboration between PAWS Studios and The Make It Happen Productions.
Photo Credit: @Omidephotography | Anazia Richy Emmanuel