The stage-play adaptation of Nike Campbell-Fatoki's historical fiction novel, Thread of Gold Beads (TOGB) premiered on Saturday October 4, 2014. There were two shows at the Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts in the Washington DC area with the ambassador of Republic of Benin to the United States in attendance.
The play, an epic story of love, war and betrayal set in the late 1890s in Dahomey Kingdom (present day Republic of Benin) and South-Western Nigeria, chronicles the tumultuous life of Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Dahomey, King Gbèhanzin. Amelia is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings.
War breaks out in the kingdom and Amelia must leave all that she knows and loves behind. She flees to south-western Nigeria with her brother.
The two shows had an impressive turn out and plans to take it national and international are in the works.
Pictures of the event below. Enjoy.