Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) was hanged by the Nigerian dictatorship for his activism on behalf of his Nigerian Ogoni people. The original text is a condemned man’s last letter to his loved one. Mpoto and his team are adapting this text and using his poetic style in Kiswahili to combine it with slam poetry and storytelling to talk about corruption and abuse of power in contemporary Africa. Partnering with UK-based director Rubasingham of the Tricycle Theatre, the team will develop Sundance Institute’s first all-Kiswahili theatre project. Africa Kills Her Sun was previously workshopped at the 2011 Theatre Lab on Manda Island in Kenya as part of the Theatre Program’s charter Lab for East African artists and at the 2011 Theatre Lab at The Banff Centre.
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