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Sitting on a Man

Onyeka Igwe

United Kingdom, 2018
6 minutes, 56 seconds, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD Video
Available formats: HD Digital file

Traditionally, women in Igbo speaking parts of Nigeria, came together to protest the behaviour of men by sitting on or making war on them by adorning themselves with palm fronds, dancing and singing protest songs outside the man in question’s home . This practice became infamous due its prominence as a tactic in the Aba Women’s War, the 1929 all woman protest against colonial rule. Two contemporary dancers reimagine the practice, drawing on both archival research and their own experiences.