StoryFest 2018: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Maimouna Jallow (Asian Premiere)



By: Maimouna Jallow

Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018

Time: 8.00pm- 9.15pm

Venue: The Play Den, The Arts House

Ticket price: $25


Recommended for adult audiences ages 16 and above

No admission for those below 15 years


All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission

Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased

1-hr, No Intermission

Latecomers advisory: All latecomers must wait for suitable cue for seating

No Refunds, no exchange of tickets

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.

About Maimouna Jallow

Maïmouna is a Nairobi-based storyteller, journalist and communications consultant. She is co-founder and director of Positively African, an organisation that brings together a Pan-African network of activists, artists and academics working at the intersection between art and social justice. In 2015, Positively African launched The Nairobi Storytelling Festival.

Most recently, Maïmouna has adapted and performed novels by African women for the stage as part of a series called ‘Re-Imagined’. She has performed her adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s acclaimed novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives on several stages: Storymoja Festival (Ghana); the Writivism Festival (Uganda); Stories of the Anthropocene Festival (Sweden); Africa Writes (UK); the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre (Egypt); The Scottish International Storytelling Festival and at the Ake Arts and Book Festival (Nigeria).

She is currently a fellow of the inaugural Ford Foundation African No Filter initiative, and is working on the ‘Re-Imagined Folktales’ children’s book with writers from across Africa and the diaspora. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Forbes Woman Africa, and The East African, amongst others.


Unauthorized video and audio recording is not permitted for this event.

Photography without flash and without disrupting the artists/performance is permitted within reason.

Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited and The Arts House

With the support of National Arts Council Singapore

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