Boomerang Show


60-90 Minutes includes: Q&A, Tips on Researching Ancestry, and the actual footage from Anita’s Traditional Tikar Naming Ceremony.

Award-winning actress and playwright, Anita Woodley, presents her newest work “Boomerang: A Living Black Herstory Story,” tracing her transformation as she struggles with racism and sexism in the workplace, discovers herself through DNA testing, and finds a new career in the arts.

In 2010, Anita reunited with the Tikar tribe in Cameroon, Africa, a meeting with her mother’s heritage.  There, Anita became Princess Bekang, or “boomerang,” a notable in the Chiefdom of the rainforest’s N’ditam Tikar Village.

At the World Debut of Boomerang on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Durham County Main Library in Durham, North Carolina, the performance was received with a standing ovation. The following is feedback from audience members:

  • “Off the charts—brilliant!” 
  • “Loved it!” 
  • “Thank you, Anita Woodley, for Sunday’s gift at the Durham Library. You truly gave us yourself – with openness and honesty and humor. Hallelujah! I am a 73-year-old white, southern Democrat, a person painfully aware that some of my ancestors may have owned some of yours.”
  • “We need More performances programs like this one.”
  •  “Always enjoyable!”
  • “Excellent, thanks you for having it.”
  •  “The best this year!”
  •  “Incredible!”
  • “This was one of the best of all the programs you have had.”
  • “This was terrific!”