In 2014 I was invited back to Lagos to direct 'Finding Home', Nigeria’s first spoken word theatre piece produced by Efe Paul Azino and Lydia Idakula Shobogun's Gbagyi Child. The stage production featuring indominable poets Titilope Sonuga, Sheila Ojei, Ndukwe Onuoha and and Adesola Fakile propelled me to reconsider my long-term ambition of developing a project funded ensemble with a specific performance philosophy.

Femi elufowoju, jr

Performer & Director

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The genesis behind the Elufowoju jr Ensemble was discovering the novel ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives’ written by Lola Shoneyin. In the spring of 2011 I came across the book in a second-hand book stall beneath London's Waterloo Bridge. I was instantly beguiled and immediately tracked down the Lagos-based writer. Within two years her story was commissioned, adapted, cast, produced and directed for one of the most feted International Art and Books festival in Africa.

2018 three years on,our production of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is now playing to thousands of Londoners in a co-production with Arcola Theatre

            Thank you for being part of its legacy and making it happen

In 2015 the Elufowoju jr Ensemble was set up by Thomas Kell and I with the sole purpose of creating exceptional World class African theatre with imaginative flair for the international stage.

We launched the company in December at the Theatre Royal Stratford East with a workshop production of Rotimi Babatunde and Oyebade Dosunmu's music theatre adaptation of Lola Shoneyin's ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives’ as premiered in Abeokuta two years previously. The launch featuring an all UK cast was developed over three weeks, funded by a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign, a generous Arts Council England Grant for the Arts and with in kind support from the host venue

The ensemble in pursuit of continuing the Global Growth of theatre excellence from an African perspective plan to deliver the following productions between (2019- 2022)

  • Nigeria, the Musical (Restoring values to a misjudged nation)
  • Medea (Euripides transposed to African soil in a vintage Alistair Elliot's translation)
  • 5460 Africa (Africa's 54 countries experienced on stage in 60 minutes)