Abuja, the centre of power and the nation’s capital will come alive between November 15 and 17, when Seven, a groundbreaking documentary play, will premiere to a select audience. Seven, we reliably gathered portrays seven women’s rights activists from around the globe, including Nigerian advocate for women’s rights, Hafsat Abiola. Meanwhile, in an international tour of staged readings, Riksteatern (The National Touring Theatre of Sweden), the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Embassy in Abuja together with NAPTIP (Nigerian National Agency for Trafficking in Persons), will jointly present Seven, as a staged reading in Abuja for Nigerians to watch and applaud. The cast include, Nollywood actor, Carol King in the role of Hafsat Abiola and Swedish ambassador, Maj-Inger Klingvall, in the role of Inez McCormack, a peace and equal rights activist from Northern Ireland. “I am proud to present Seven, together with Nigerian and Swedish partners. When actors and government officials come together on the theatre stage it shows that theatre is a vital arena for the discussion of democracy and women’s rights. I am especially delighted to be doing Seven in the home country of Hafsat Abiola, who is portrayed in the play”, hinted Hedda Krausz Sjögren, producer and artistic director at Riksteatern. To date, Ms. Krausz Sjögren has directed over 200 politicians, actors and profiles of civil society in the Riksteatern tour of staged readings of Seven. The play has toured several countries including Sweden, Turkey, Great Britain and the US, where Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep was featured in the role of Inez McCormack, from Northern Ireland. Hafsat Abiola will be present on both occasions. Seven is presented in connection with Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution -The Swedish and African Experiences.
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