The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

5 no. saves icon · New Writing, Contemporary

“Men are like yams, you cut them how you like.”


Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

Femi Elufowoju, jr directs a multi-talented West African ensemble in the UK premiere production, featuring live Yoruba music, songs and dance.

Critic reviews

Enjoyably clamorous and unflinchingly serious

Evening Standard

The play’s energy never dips and the actors, doubling up repeatedly in their roles, give nuanced, charismatic performances. The effect is nothing short of spectacular

The Guardian

Hope, comedy, violence and suffering: Rotimi Babatunde’s stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s novel is a sweet show that leaves a sour taste


Impressively fun storytelling from a strong cast, with equally strong comic timing

The Stage

Director Femi Elufowoju Jr conjures a vibrant, musical, lyrical production in the larger space at the Arcola


Date & time

Show ended
Thu 7 Jun - Sat 21 Jul, 3pm & 7.30pm


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