Drama at Ake

Drama at Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017 is Quater Life Crisis. Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation. 

 Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life.  Swiping left, swiping right to  find the perfect match. Even though she’s a Londoner,  born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers  her existence in the  end. Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going  in life,   but  she’s  trying to  find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard.  What does it mean to be an adult, and when  do you become   one? 

 Written and Performed by Yolanda Mercy 

 Directed by Jade Lewis


 For more info head to: www.yolandamercy.com











Story Telling Sessions

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives Re-imagined

Based on the novel by Lola Shoneyin, ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ is an endearing and powerful tale of deception, betrayal, love, and friendship. It chronicles the life of Baba Segi, the ultimate patriarch, as he tries to unravel the mystery behind his fourth wife’s infertility. Through his quest, we explore the burdens that society places on women and the cunning ways these women escape from the confines of poverty and patriarchy. Be ready to laugh, cry and connect with five amazing characters, all performed by storyteller Maimouna Jallow.




In her engaging, inimitable style, Kenyan/Scottish performance storyteller Mara Menzies explores 2 stories from both East and West African oral traditions. 

The first, from ancient Ifa that travelled across the Atlantic and found a new home in the syncretic faiths in the New World. A young man obsessed with joining the ranks of deities, seizes an opportunity to appease himself to the Gods. An innocent misunderstanding leads to disastrous consequences when action is taken without full knowledge of the facts.

The second, tells the Kenyan story of how the Gikuyu women were not allowed to eat meat, but one's woman's search for truth leads her through various trials and tribulations.