Stella Onome Omonigho’s first play, Ada, Story of an Orphan, shows features of a talented young playwright who has worked assiduously towards bringing out a remarkable work of art. As the title of the play indicates, Ada is an orphan who suffers the pain of a motherless child raised by a selfless grandmother.
It is a Cinderella story in the sense that this orphan young girl later becomes a princess by marriage after refusing to marry early; this is despite the fact that it is the king who wants to marry her. This is an intriguing play and in many ways ironical and paradoxical: the Igwe’s desire to marry this young girl, her resistance to heed his call, and later marrying the Igwe’s own son, Prince Enueze. At one fell swoop, Omonigho transports the audience/reader from traditional African village life to a contemporary urban family of professionals. One can see the details of the daily grind of traditional life with the young girls going to the village stream in a group to fetch water for domestic chores; the exception to this, Chioma, who goes to the stream alone, drowns.
Dr. Stella Omonigho is a lecturer in the department of Foreign languages, University of Benin. She is married to Prof. Solomon Omonigho, both from Delta State.