Tselane Mashilo: Nyala O’

Tselane Mashilo: Nyala O’

From February 9 to 18, 2018, The South African State Theatre will present Nyala O’, a performance by South African artist Tselane Mashilo.

There is a popular saying in the Sotho culture, ‘Nyala o Nyele’, which means that marriage is not an easy process, as things get chaotic and people must prepare themselves for what comes with being married.

The play Nyala O’ takes on a different approach to this saying. Here, the audience is taken on a journey of Nomsa who is married and commitment to Joe. It allows her to explore in conversation, how things are expected to be done both traditionally and in the Western culture.

Nyala O’ is comedic and leaves no stone unturned, and makes use of real-life discussions that will make the audience have a different perspective towards communication within a marriage. ‘Nyala o hume, Nyala o thabe, Nyala o tswe kwa gae…’ all these sayings give us a different recipe as to why people get married.




adeoluwa oluwajoba is an artist, art writer and a curator-in-training interested in the modes of exhibition-making and its role in fostering critical discourse in the society. he is particularly interested in the critical engagement of art and examining the dynamic ways in which art mirrors and engages the society. As a visual artist, his broad oeuvre explores themes of self-identity, blackness, masculinity and human spaces. oluwajoba holds a B.A in Fine and Applied Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with a major in Painting.

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