How Nigeria Became

A Story, And A Spear That Didnít Work


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Written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan.

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It's 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his well-known troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife.

The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father's kingdom. But there's a problem, the story doesn't quite fit with the governor's vision of a united country...

This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914.
Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didnít Work commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn.

For ages 8+
Duration: Approx 1 hr 15 mins

  • Times vary
  • £16 (conc £13; under-21s £10)


Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ
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Box office: 020 7645 0560


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