She left Nigeria for Boston at 17, with nothing. She enrolled at UMass Boston and then went to UMass Amherst. She stayed in the United States for 23 years, trained and worked as an architect, and married a Nigerian. She and her husband eventually moved back to Nigeria.
Inspired by the generational stories of inequality and change, Ifeoma is telling the story of the issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria and the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution in society.
She explores these issues through her play, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True. Featuring a cast of ten leading Nigerian actresses, the play also celebrates the women who have broken the culture of silence, challenged the status quo, and moved beyond barriers to achieve solutions. The play also sheds light on the culture of domestic violence, victim blaming, and silence and how women encourage these vices.
“If a woman at home is being beaten, she feels like she can’t get out, because then she is an unmarried woman, which is the worst thing, the older unmarried woman. The tradition is to get married like in the days of Cinderella and Snow White,” she tells Radcliffe Magazine.
On a mission to change Nigeria’s patriarchal system, the play takes a look at the double standards that exists in its culture.
Ifeoma has received positive responses from her Nigerian audiences on how the play inspired them to leave abusive relationships and to rethink their place in the society.