U2’s Bono made a surprise appearance during the curtain call of the Broadway show Eclipsed Saturday to help the cast, including actress Lupita Nyong’o, dedicate that day’s performance to the still-missing 219 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.
“The cast wants us to remember two girls in particular, Lydia Habila and Rejoice Musa,” Bono told the audience. “It goes without saying if they were American girls or Irish girls we’d get a daily report on how they are doing. Well, they’re not out of the news tonight and we want that daily report.” Habila and Musa have been missing for 747 days as of Saturday’s performance.
The cast of Eclipsed, a drama centered around the Liberian Civil War, have used the curtain call portion of their performances to make live dedications to abducted girls around the world. The show’s playwright, The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, is also an ambassador of the ONE Campaign, an organization co-founded by Bono. ONE and Eclipsed have teamed for all future performances to help drive attention to the #BringBackOurGirls and #KnowHerName calls for action.
“We’ve asked (Bono) to join us today to launch our effort to bring direct attention to the challenges faced by millions of girls all over the world living under the tyranny of war, in poverty and being denied their human rights simply because they are female,” Nyong’o told Saturday’s audience. “From here on out, each performance will be dedicated to specific girls from around the world who have been kidnapped and are still missing.”
On Friday, Bono also took part in Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family foundation’s benefit concert, performing a handful of U2 songs.