By Ransome Mgbeahuru
Femi Branch presents the maiden edition of Kunme the Musical; the Biblical story of Queen Esther retold, from 3 April to 21 June 2020 beginning at the University of Awolowo, Oduduwa Hall, Ile Ife. The musical to share the tales of a queen, a strong woman and a true leader, Queen Esther faced various difficult ethical problem as the strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews. She sacrificed herself to liberate the Jews from the hands of their oppressors.
‘Kunme’ is the Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate of Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordichai, her cousin; and king Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. An evil, scheming prince wants to destroy not only her beloved guardian, but wants to wipe out her entire people group. The story moves at such a breathless space and circumstance align in such a way that Esther sees her purpose.
Her story symbolizes the strength and courage of women, to show that they are huge force in every race.
According to Femi Branch, the musical is a corporate endorsement for war against discrimination of young women. He noted that musical is awe- inspiring, as well as being laced with thought provoking narrative. It aim is also geared towards women empowerment, the right of girl-child and against slavery.
Femi said, “I am happy to embark on this project. This is my biggest effort. The festival is a two-fold initiative which first is a mentorship program to develop and nurture young actors and actresses play writers and in commemoration of my 50th Birthday Anniversary. I want to leave a good legacy when am gone, I want to impact to the youths. We are empowering fifty students and we are going to pay them. ”
The festival is scheduled to kick off with a ten city tour like Ile Ife, Akure, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode, Ikorodu, Badagry, Benin and Abuja with Femi Branch’s play; PO, Shalanga, Jungle Justice, and Ankara Committee with the final performance being of the tour play ‘Kunme’ from 3 April – 21 June.
The tour will take a one week break from Monday 25,-Sunday 31 May 2020 for the festival proper.
Meanwhile the tour will resume from Friday 12-Sunday 21 of June in the city of Abuja.
The project is in continuation Femi Branch’s drive to promote Live Theatre through seasonal commercial performance of his plays. Past editions of his were the performances of his plays; Itankun , POI, Jungle Justice tour, and Ankara Committee