As already mentioned in my New Year post; over the holidays, we got VIP tickets to go see #WakaaTheMusical [don’t ask me why I’m still using the hashtag here] and we scuttled off to the venue – Muson Centre – to catch the 7pm show on the very first day it opened. I pretty much spent the entire time flooding my social media accounts with hashtags and giggles, because it was sooooooooooooooo good. I also promised you guys a proper recap/review so here goes…..
The show opened on Wednesday – 30th December and ran until Sunday, 3rd January with 2 shows daily. I gathered that for all of those 5 days, every show was completely sold out…deservedly. Those guys put in the work. Stellar work!
Even in the picture below [taken from my vantage seat -BEST seats might I add], see how packed the hall was.
The experiences, challenges & trials of life/love/dreams as young graduates navigate through life.
A bunch of young people finally graduate university and get thrown into the hybrid of life. Wakaa explores how each of their lives get shaken & tested on the journey towards achieving their various dreams. It also makes the point that real life is a completely different ballgame from the colorful idealism many young people usually have while still in college and how easy it can be to lose one’s self in the hustle of modern living and harsh conditions, however, the show made sure to buttress the point that real change/impactful work is possible [even in the face of intense opposition]. Personally, I completely related to this story-line being that I’ve experienced this myself [as I’ve often shared on here].
Main Cast [graduates] – Kike, Rex, Tosan & Ngozi. Cassandra [played by Dolapo Oni], Governor Sagay [played by Bimbo Manuel] and Professor Jojoba played by Ozzy Agu.
For me, the star of the show was definitely Kike Johnson – the fashion loving, party girl, rich kid who loves to spend money – shopping & travelling. She was dating & eventually got engaged to Tosan [but never missed an opportunity to flirt with Rex]. Loved attention. She held the stage together, captivated us all with her singing & dancing and was the first performer on the stage to get a rousing applause amidst cheers & laughter from the audience.
She was good! Totally enjoyed watching her do her thing.
Tosan – Straight jacket, idealistic, innocent, boring and a bit uptight. Was the perfect accessory to Kike’s hopes of one day becoming a first lady.
Rex – Hustler, big mouth, grand talker, overt big spender [covert broke ass]. Ran off to England in a get rich quick tide hoping for greener pastures but got cat-fished by his supposed white woman [who turned out to be a naija babe, Cassandra]. Eventually got deported back to Nigeria. Many LOLs
Ngozi – Activist, Goody goody, compassionate, honest and principled. Being a victim of child labour herself, she does great humanitarian work with children and community service. I remember every single thing she wore the entire show, she had the best wardrobe choices and a huge behind. ha ha
Cassandra – This character is the one you love to hate. Gosh she was so irritating. Annoying foneh, so extra with everything, the way she talked, danced, pranced about etc. She was the one who cat-fished Rex, she’d call him “my african sango, my chaka zulu” lmaoooo…. I hated her but she was definitely memorable.
Prof. Jojoba – Political Aspirant. Basically… Patrick Obahiagbon. Crikum, Crankum, suyaing & peppersoupping, bibma disma. Doxology. Ha ha
Governor Sagay: Incredibly Corrupt, Loud, Bad politician but utterly Hilarious. While his opponent came and was speaking big big turanci a’la Patrick Obahiagbon, my guy brought bags of rice and was spraying money; no points for guessing who the crowd inevitably sided with. One particular scene, he was challenging his opponent and next thing he breaks into a shakitibobo dance sequence… OMG!!
The entire hall erupted.. This guy was jokes! I laughed so hard to the point where I forgot to record the scene but Instagram came to my rescue as I found the clip above on Dolapo Oni’s page [permission sil vous plait :D]. Hands down my favourite scene in the entire show. Great job Bimbo Manuel.
COSTUMES & SET
Whoever was in charge of costumes and set did a fantastic job. The attention to detail was amazing, everyone looked the part and it all came together so beautifully. I particularly loved the character Ngozi’s cloth choices, they fit her body so nicely and I openly coveted each piece as she came on stage every time.
I also loved how each backdrop on stage matched every sequence/scene – like if they were at a bar, you’d see a bar setting in the back drop; or having fighter jets/armoured tanks in the background of a military themed scene.
Masquerades in the back drop during a cultural scene. So colorful.
Keen attention to detail. Two thumbs up!
The show ended with a rather sober sequence and that was my one little criticism with it. Because it had an equal share of such rousing & electric moments as it did sober moments [especially towards the end]; I personally would have preferred a high tempo dance sequence to wrap things up. I think it would have made for a better closing to dance [with us clapping] as they exited than this…..
I also didn’t like that the show did not start on time; it was an entire hour late to begin and people [read -ME] got impatient and because I went there having not had dinner, I was soooo hungry that by the time the show wrapped up I was barely speaking. Parts of the show draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggeeeedd!! I thought some scenes could be done without in that they added nothing to the story-line. Shola was playing ruzzle on her phone at some point lol.
I also assumed seating was according to the “power” of your ticket type but trust Nigerians to pull tricks. At some point, the ushers had to come check tickets and remove wrongly sat people to make space for the actual VIP ticket owners. But the way I see it, if they were stood in their right positions from the jump, directing people accordingly, there would not have been a reason to start trying to re-seat people afterwards.
However, in saying all these, I went to see the show on day 1 so I completely understand that there would be logistic issues and organizational kinks to iron out on day 1, totally expected, but hopefully as days went by, those little organizational hiccups were taken care of [if you went on later days, maybe you can share your observation in the comments below]
…….Overall, job well done!!!! Wakaa the Musical was phenomenal. 8/10. High praise from me!
Did you go? What did you think of it? Are you a fan of musicals/Broadway styled shows in general?
I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Happy new year again everyone