Bukunmi Shodipo, Irura Nyiha , and Jean Billa in "Nkrumah's Last Day," 2022

Bukunmi Shodipo, Irura Nyiha , and Jean Billa in "Nkrumah's Last Day," 2022
Photo: Audrey Chen '24 | Courtesy of MIT Music and Theater Arts (MTA)

Still from a semi-staged performance of Nkrumah's Last DayLeft to right: Bukunmi Shodipo '24, Irura Nyiha '24, and Jean Billa '25, reunited at last, playing the roles of Barwoman, Freedom and Sly, respectively. MIT Building W9719 February 2022.

Nkrumah's Last Day is an original play written and directed by Kwesi Afrifa '24, an Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science major. Revolution and redemption collide in this depiction of a fateful night in the nascent Ghanaian Republic. Nkrumah's Last Day explores the man's controversial--and charged-- regime through the eyes of the people who experienced its bitter end. Produced by the Black Theater Guild, the play was presented as a semi-staged performance on February 19, 2022 and had over 60 members of the MIT and Greater Boston communities in attendance.

Timeline: 2020s
School: School of Architecture and PlanningSchool of EngineeringSchool of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department: ArchitectureElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceMusic and Theater Arts
Career: Arts & Humanities
Object: Image
Collection: Africa(n), Rising Voices 1995-Present, Students