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Speaking without Voice wins National Lottery Support

HISTORY: IROKO Theatre project will help to raise awareness about relatively unknown aspects of Nigerian heritage

IROKO THEATRE Company is delighted to announce that it has received a National Lottery grant of £97,300 for an exciting heritage project, Speaking without Voice, based in Newham, London.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the research project will focus on a variety of Nigerian precolonial nonverbal communication systems, their British-Nigerian historical context, modern usage, and especially how young British-Nigerians are using the heritage to underpin their cultural identity.

Speaking without Voice will offer training and volunteering opportunities to approximately 95 people who wish to gain research, heritage and music technology skills.

The project’s research findings will be shared with members of the public through workshops, exhibitions and performances at The British Museum, various schools, libraries and also through digital means.

Nigerian precolonial nonverbal communication systems are valued because they portray a heritage that have been used over the centuries to inform, advise, motivate or to incite community involvement. The overwhelming lack of knowledge and understanding amongst people of the existence of the heritage, including its historical connections to Britain, makes the heritage of immense importance.

Commenting on the award, Alex Oma-Pius, founder and artistic director of IROKO Theatre Company said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that the project will help to raise awareness about the relatively unknown aspect of Nigerian heritage and its Nigerian-British history.”

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