Title: Naggomola “The Stub”
Group: Afri Talent
Director: Abbey Mukiiibi
Main cast: Hajj Hamad Mwanja, Herbert Nsubuga, Abbey Mukiibi, Alfred Nuwagaba, Josephine Nalukenge, Male Musa, Jackie Nalwese, Brendah Kusiima, Annete Namakula, Saad Ssentongo, Jennifer Busuulwa, and Florence Iga.
Time: Three hours
Showing: Bat Valley theatre
Reviewed by: Abu-Baker Mulumba
Afri Talent’s latest serving exposes the dangers of hypocrisy and conspiracy involved in property wars. Naggomola (The Stub) is set in the aftermath of the death of a propertied man, characterised by a scramble for his property.
Many deaths are happening due to property wrangles and the three hours you spend at Bat Valley theatre leave you thinking about how to handle you property while you live. The play rotates around a one Matte. After his death, his friend and business associate and protege, Kimbowa, forges a will to take over all the properties of the deceased.
Kimbowa faces immense challenges, as Matte’s wife, who was behind his death, tries to finish whoever stands between her and full control of the property. She even tries to kill her own son Bosco, when he starts being inquisitive about the will. Bosco is framed and he ends up in police custody.
This gives Kimbowa leeway to get rid of all people who had connection with Matte. At a time when actors are struggling to bring people back to theatre, Afri Talent’s choice of plot is timely and keeps the audience in suspense.
Abby Mukiibi this time plays a good guy, Ssemwezi. He settles the dispute when he produces the genuine will. But it costs dearly, when Kimbowa, who has staked Shs 3m for whoever produces a genuine will, kills him in a scuffle over it.
With relatively new talented cast, mixed with seasoned actors, and improved sound and lighting, Naggomola is worth watching. The play is still showing at Bat Valley theatre at Shs 20,000 and Shs 10,000 for students.
Source : The Observer