The childhood experiences of an American playwright, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, who lived in Nigeria during the period of 1965 to 1968 was made into a play and will be showing for the second time at the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival this year.
The one-woman show, Queens Girl In Africa centers around a black teen girl, Jacqueline and her experiences traveling from the United States to Nigeria, as well as her years there.
Jacqueline’s father and her mother had become civil rights activists, and her dad was in the ballroom when Malcolm X was assassinated.
Malcolm X is an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Feeling unsafe, Jacqueline’s father, a pediatrician moved to Nigeria and was working with a teaching hospital. Meanwhile, Nigeria, a newly-established country was about to enter a civil war of its own at that time.
Even though the main fighting happened in the east and Jacqueline’s family were in the west, in Ibadan, it was dangerous for them because they were not an NGO or on a protected compound, or anything like that, because my father didn’t want anything to do with the United States.
Amidst the happenings, Jacqueline must navigate through the culture shocks of the US and Nigeria.
The play was a hit at the first Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2015 and has been selected as part of the Women’s Voices Festival and will be playing at the Lang Theater at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this year.