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Play Synopsis: When a Nigerian-American daughter graduates from college in New Jersey, family tensions arise between Yoruba customs and American values. Sunny Came Home oozes with both drama and comedy and shrewdly tears into the issues of identity, immigration, and assimilation. Set at the beginning of the 21st century, this coming-of-age play reexamines what it means to be the ruler of one’s own destiny.
Playwright Bio: Mutiyat Ade-Salu is a first-generation Nigerian-American of Yoruba descent. Miss Ade-Salu is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she studied African-American Theatre. From 2009-2010, she was one of 6 original members of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project, an ensemble of first-generation Nigerian-American actresses/writers including Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure) and Ngozi Anyanwu (The Homecoming Queen). After the project, she was the first Nigerian-American in the New York area to blog about her first-generation American experience with SPEAK! (www.mutiyatspeaks.blogspot.com). From 2016 to 2017, Miss Ade-Salu served as Contributing Editor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the online magazine Applause Africa after also contributing articles with personal reflections about the Nigerian-American experience for its print publications from 2012-2013. In 2017, she was named 2nd runner up Miss Black America Coed and, as part of her platform, raised funds to support trafficking victims in Nigeria through Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Inc. Miss Ade-Salu has been a professional actress for almost a decade and is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting at the University of Louisville. She is the 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble.