MAAFA – Written & Directed by Terrence Spivey an Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Production

MAAFA is a Ki-Swahili word that means great tragedy, calamity, disaster, and refers to the Middle Passage or Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  It is present day, 2019. The Treadwell family are joining other families for a biannual reunion held on the grounds of Florsheim Park in Honey Island, Texas. The area, a huge open field once a plantation and an illegal import of slaves in 1860. The park is soon to be developed into a destination for travelers. Zeke Treadwell, a homeless individual in the small town has unusual powers to shift into the past. He finally seeks a believer in an intelligent 10-year-old, Nia Treadwell, his great, great niece who never heard of him and her ancestors, Jafari and Obeka, the enslaved couple from Ghana who’s African wedding was invaded by Spanish slave traders. Zeke takes Nia on a mystical journey from present day to witnessing the torturous transatlantic slave trade to the antebellum in order to know her family tree and save the African burial ground.

Through drama, song and dance, we will see the past through the eyes of a ten-year-old.

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Friday, February 14th • 7pm Showtime

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
8712 Quincy Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106

Saturday, February 15th • 2pm Showtime

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
8712 Quincy Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106

Saturday, February 15th • 7pm Showtime

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
8712 Quincy Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106