Ifeoma Fafunwa is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye Ltd, a Nigerian production company driving social change through performance art. She co-wrote and directed the popular stage play HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True–a collection of monologues based on true-life stories of Nigerian women, aimed at challenging social, cultural and political norms that limit the potential and contribution of women.
Ifeoma’s professional experience includes creative collaborations in theatre, architecture, film and fine art in the US and Nigeria. In 2012, she directed one of Nigeria’s cultural submissions for the London Olympics and in 2014 her work was featured in the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and showcased the Tate Modern. In 2016 HEAR WORD! had its international debut at Harvard University in Cambridge and in 2018 the same show opened at the American Repertory Theatre and was a highlight at the United Nations CSW ‘18 convention.
Ifeoma is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a fellow of Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She lives in Lagos and teaches a pro-bono performance art workshop building capacity for young female performers in Nigeria. Ifeoma is married and has four children.