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29 August–15 September 2018

Arcola Theatre

New Nigerians

by Oladipo Agboluaje

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

★★★★ “Suffused with warmth, hopefulness and humour, New Nigerians is no ordinary political satire.” – The Stage

Nigeria: ‘The Giant of Africa’. Conservatives rule over the biggest economy on the continent, and one of the largest and youngest populations in the world. What if the people wanted something different? What if they got it?

Following a sold-out run in 2017, and ahead of a national tour, Oladipo Agboluaje’s smash-hit comedy returns to Arcola for three weeks only.

‘Packed with killer lines and comic characters’ (Exeunt), this new play from the winner of the Alfred Fagon Award for playwriting is a timely satire on the state of populism in our politics.

Patrice Naiambana (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives) returns as the rabble-rousing Greatness Ogholi in Rosamunde Hutt’s acclaimed production.

As time runs out to build a coalition, can Greatness win power without losing his integrity? Could this be the beginning of a new Nigeria?

Pre-show discussion, Tuesday 4 September at 6.15pm

Join Oladipo Agboluaje, award winning Hackney-born Nigerian writer of New Nigerians and recently appointed Writer in Residence at the National Theatre, in conversation with Professor Osita Okagbue of the Theatre and Performance Department of Goldsmiths, award-winning playwright and screenwriter Ade Solanke, and Welcome to Lagos novelist Chibundu Onuzo on African theatre and the richness of contemporary Nigerian writing.
Free for same-day ticket holders.

Post-show discussion, Friday 7 September

With Patrice Naiambana and other members of the company.
Free for same-day ticket holders.

New Nigerians will tour the UK in September and October. Click here for more info →

★★★★ Deft political satire built on Patrice Naiambana’s compelling central performance
—The Stage
Robust satire ... combines local jokes with universal principles
—The Guardian
Aboluaje’s script is packed full of juicy details and jokes that stay just the right side of crude, and Rosamunde Hutt’s light-handed direction lets the actors have fun with it.
—Time Out
Quick-witted and endearing ... the stage feels full and vibrant, pulsing with comedic and provocative energy
—The London Economic
Packed with killer lines and comic characters
—Exeunt Magazine
I would recommend this play for anyone who enjoys political debate and witty banter
Stays energetically in the African context as a reflection on the state of the world ... vigorous embrace of matters which affect us all.
—Traffic Light Theatre Goer
A gloriously funny satire .. Naiambana is a magnificently ingratiating would be president
—Reviews Gate
A bright and funny play about politics in Nigeria, with a brilliant central performance by Patrice Naiambana.
—Ginger Wig & Strolling Man
A delightful, clever, and yes, mighty performance, all the trio were rightly cheered to the echo
—Carole Woodis
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Marcy Dolapo Oni
Tunde Euba
Patrice Naiambana


Oladipo Agboluaje


Rosamunde Hutt


Jemima Robinson

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Chris Drohan

Production Manager

Ian Taylor (eStage)

Stage Manager

Stephen Freeman

Costume Supervisor

Isabel Ribbeck
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Press night - Monday 3 September 2018 at 7pm


  • Students / 26 and under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard seats on Mon–Wed evenings and all matinee performances
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Standard seat
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of a sexual nature
    Drug use

    Suitable for 16+

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