For the first time, hundreds of Ghanaians had the opportunity to watch the internationally acclaimed stage play, HEAR WORD! in Accra, on 10 December 2022 at the Grand Arena at the International Conference Center (AICC).
The Accra production featured Nollywood stars Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Ufuoma McDermott, Elvina Ibru, Omonor, Zara Udofia – Ejoh, Debbie Ohiri, Oluchi Odii and Mofe Okorodudu.
HEAR WORD! has been seen by over 100,000 live audience members across the globe, and organizers expected a full house in Accra.
For the past 8 years, iOpenEye Africa Foundation, organizers of the program, have produced powerful stage performances, women’s skills-building workshops and facilitated open dialogue events that address factors which limit the safety, economic independence, leadership participation and societal value of women.
Supported by Ford Foundation, the play is coming to Ghana as part of the December in GH activities in conjunction with the Ghana Tourism Authority, the National Theatre of Ghana and the Beyond the Return project.
According to HEAR WORD!’s Producer/Director, Ifeoma Fafunwa, iOpenEye Africa’s vision of a world where all citizens are informed, empowered, safe, equally valued, and can contribute meaningfully to nation-building regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status is thoroughly aligned with Ford Foundation’s commitment to shift repressive power dynamics and strengthen the rights and influence of those most affected by violence, oppression, and injustice across the globe.
Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) believes “this is a welcome addition to the growing list of collaborations aimed at showcasing Ghana’s potential as a meeting, incentives, conferences and events hub in West Africa”.
Admission to the show and open dialogue was free.