Almasi Collaborative Arts is pleased to present a staged reading of Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo on the 17th of December 2016, 5pm at Zimbabwe German Society.
Directed by Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath, the staged reading features Everson Ndlovu, R Tendo Tapiwa, Brighton Ndlovu, Charmaine Mujeri, Yandani Mlilo and Francis Nyakuhwa.
Anowa is Ama Ata Aidoo's play about the conflicts which arise when a strong-willed young woman named Anowa rejects tribal conventions, elopes with Kofi Ako, the man of her own choice and is forced to live in self exile.
Set in the late 19th century in Ghana, this play takes us through the emotions Anowa goes through when she soon finds that after she helps Kofi start a business and they become rich, all the wealth they have accumulated is no consolation for her inability to conceive and bear a child. Additionally, when Kofi Ako becomes involved with the slave trade despite Anowa’s protests, she realizes that he is not the man she thought he was. This leads to a breakdown of their marriage, and a tragic end for both.
Anowa’s tale forces us to reflect on contemporary social issues, as it explores recurring age-long universal themes of marriage, gender roles and the power of tradition and custom.
Admission is free, so do tell friends to bring more friends!