Come Sunday, March 3, 2012, Funke Akindele is set to meet Yaw of Wazobia FM on stage in the much acclaimed comedy play, The Bar.
The story centres on the events that have been taking place in the country in the last one year. “It is a satire on everything that has happened in the country in the last one year,” says Yaw, and “we are using satire to pass our message because we want people to come and laugh, learn and ultimately make our country a better place for us all.”
Olujuwon Bukunola-Philips, Yaw’s publicist, says it is the fifth edition of Yaw back2stage project, a concept designed to revive Live Theatre. In the last four editions, this Olympic touch bearer has acted alongside the likes of Koffi, Mc Abbey, Owen Gee, and Jude Orhorha, and this year he will be acting alongside Funke Akindele-Oloyede, also an Olympic touch bearer.
Yaw says he decided to feature a woman so that it will not look as if it’s a men’s world, all the time. Funke, generally known as Jenifa, is chosen because she is talented, versatile, creative and spontaneous. She has produced lots of movies and featured in several others.
The play is directed by the hardworking producer of the popular comedy show, Stand Up Nigeria, Bunmi Davies; this University of Lagos graduate has has also directed several plays, his theatre credits included: Hell Invitation, Iyawo Or Iyawo, How the Fool Fell In Love, Devil is Liar, among others.