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You cannot make dodo without frying plantain.”

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?

Hackney-born writer Oladipo Agboluaje (winner of the Alfred Fagon award for Iya Ile/The First Wife) and director Rosamunde Hutt (Love, Bombs and Apples) join forces for this hilarious new satire about the state of populism in politics.

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

★★★★ 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
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 delightful, clever, and yes, mighty performance, all the trio were rightly cheered to the echo
—Carole Woodis


Tunde Euba

Danladi Musa/Comrade Edobor

Gbemisola Ikumelo

Chinasa Umezurike/Grace/Waitress

Patrice Naiambana

Greatness Ogholi


Oladipo Agboluaje


Rosamunde Hutt


Jemima Robinson

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Chris Drohan

Production Manager

Ben Karakashian

Stage Manager

Sarah Julie Pujol

Production Electrician

Eren Celikdemir

Costume Design

Kate Royds

Assistant Director

Richard Speir

Costume Supervisor

Hanne Talbot

Intern Assistant Stage Manager

Annie Fletcher

Props Assistant

Isabella Strada

A production by Arcola Theatre.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Preview (14 - 16 February) £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

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

Press night - Friday 17 February, 8pm
Supporters' social - Wednesday 22 February, 8pm
Relaxed performance - Saturday 25 February, 3.30pm

Running time: 100 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Drug use
Suitable for 16+