Wàkáá The Musical’ produced and directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters began showing in London yesterday. It is the first time a Nigerian Musical will be showing at London’s West End at The Shaw Theatre.

Austen-Peters said: “This is coming in response to growing interests in productions of African origin across the globe, and various calls for us to take this production to the international community.

She said: “There is a large Nigerian and Afro – Caribbean population in London, who are interested and yearning to see world class productions such from Nigeria.”

The stage musical has the potential to boost cultural diplomacy and promote our cultural heritage abroad.

A socio cultural and contemporary entertainment production, Wakaa The Musical in London will celebrate the diverse yet homogeneous people and culture of Nigeria, which has attracted the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the National Pension Commission and the Bank of Industry.

It will provide the highly talented and creative youths involved in the production with opportunities to experience the UK creative space and technology driving the UK creative industry.

The cast members of the production are Bimbo Manuel, Patrick Diabua, Nengi Adoki, Dolapo Oni, Ozzy Agu and Jolomi Amuka, among others.