Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for the despot par excellence. Soyinka re-enacts history of a nation as he premiers his new play, King Baabu, writes KUNLE OWOLABI. King Baabu is born, and there is nothing in the slightest bit constitutional about the way he sets about ruling through a combination of.

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Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. Konama Kyere marked it as to-read Nov 16, Salawudeen marked it as to-read Jun 06, Return to Book Page. The Development of African Drama. You train the secret service and condone the so-called acts of repression against his own iing. He is a distinguished playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, political activist, and literary scholar.

Gloria rated it really liked it Nov 15, Although the tempo fast at times, and may as well conclude that Soyinka makes a break from the past tradition of difficult stage direction as in a play like A Dance Of The Forest, where the audience shuttles between the world of the kjng, the dead, the yet-unborn and the spirit. As a combatant soldier, he lost count on coups he had made or helped to make.

With a copious display of imagery, pungent dialogue, comic relief and vice language, Soyinka narrates the sudden and fortuitous rise and fall of a military adventurist, King Baabu. Patrick added it Apr 29, Books by Wole Soyinka.

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History –

Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for the despot par excellence. Even now, at this moment our national currency is not worth its size in toilet.


The playwright proclivity for neologism and word twisting was amply exhibited as in words and coinages such as “fertilize your account indirect way of expressing embezzlement”ministry of feel-nice” Ministry of finance”better life for frugal women reminiscent of first ladies’ pet projects and “rapid disposal squad a similitude of Abacha’s deadly strike force.

Susan Aderin, London based-actress, who acted Mariya remarked thus about the play “it is global play. Potipoo, Potiplan and Potiplum are all coined from “Potty. In A Play of Giants, we have Gudrum, an expatriate lady who is also Kamini’s mistress and personal assistant, and Prof Batey, one of the councilors and protocol officer in the service of the Mayor of Hyacombe.

We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Victor Sceneries marked it as to-read Mar 09, Abacha’s wife and Chief of Staff, respectively. But General Basha, the army must hold parade.

AllAfrica publishes around reports baab day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of positions on every topic. Not gaabu these, fetishistic options substitute logic, redundant offices and white elephant pet projects like that of the first Lady and “Better Life for Frugal Women, respectively, in King Baabuare floated, assassinations, extra-judicial killings, money laundering and other kihg crimes are equally rampant.

Within the context of the humanistic values that the playwright esteems, this essay scrutinizes the social conditions in the plays and the dramatist’s “vision.

kjng To cover up the deficiencies of language and acumen, the maximum rulers employ spokespersons. If Abacha succeeded in killing me, he probably wouldn’t have killed Ken Saro Wiwa. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Soyinka develops a special childish language for his cast of characters who have names like Potipoo A naked satire on the rule of General Abacha in Nigeria, the play chronicles the debauched rule of General Basha Bash who takes power in a coup and exchanges his general’s uniform for a robe and crown re-christening himself King Babu.

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The social themes discernible in the works of many African writers kinb provided the impetus for an assessment that digs up the social relevance and the ideological slants of such works. This preview is indicative only.

Baabu, like the people he is meant to portray, comes to the full glare of the audience as “a power-crazed potentate who has no qualms whatsoever”. Maria rated it really liked it Oct 27, Almost immediately, after being released from jail jing Gowon, Soyinka hinted at a more radical approach to using art to address the nation’s problems. The Meiningen Parley with Wole Soyinka.

The pupil had more than mastered the game of his masters. Parade grounds also allocated to farmlands. King Baabulike Ubu Roiis incredibly daft, with over the top violence, an incompetent ‘hero’ and scatological jokes offering This has possibly the ugliest front cover I’ve ever encountered.


This paper, using Soyinka’s A Play of Giants and King Baabu, re-examines the centrality of ideology to texts of social engagement in the postcolonial space. There abound in these plays characters whose kijg are evocative of the playwright’s perceptions of their nefarious representations.

With King Baabu, Soyinka still proves that he is still a priceless bride of the Muse.