The story of Afiwa, Africa’s most intriguing and mesmerizing opera has been performed for the first time in the United States of America with the Acting Principal of Ballanta Academy of Music in Sierra Leone, Joseryl Beckley being the brain child behind the opera.
The opera was first performed in Ghana in 1936 and again in Sierra Leone in 1937 and later in 1997. The story of Afiwa regards a King of the Anlo who had seven wives of whom one was the most favoured. Unfortunately this one had only female children; and the King, desirous of having her bring forth a male child, killed a large goat and called all his wives to eat thereof, at the same time giving them an injunction that none of them should thereafter give birth to any female child. The punishment for disobedience would be that the unwanted girl would be thrown into a river. Immediately, thereafter a female child was born by the most favoured wife and, true to his threat the child was thrown into the river.
There is a lot more to the story of Afiwa which depicts a typical African tradition and belief.
Joseryl Beckley has just returned home from the United State where she performed the lead role in the story of this African child called Afiwa (meaning found on Friday) at Cottey’s University in April this year.
She disclosed to this press that Cottey artists were also featured in the production which was directed by Dr. Dyke Kie.