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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Ife Monographs kinf Literature and Criticism. All these and other instances remind the audience of the country’s dark past. Kamini and Basha claim they are anti-imperialist and blame the West for the woes that their cluelessness and incompetence have inflicted on their nations; however, they continue to romance with the West. The point they wanted to make was that they can do whatever they want and that baau is nothing anyone can do about it.

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History –

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Sani Garba added it Apr 07, Soyinka reveals the nexus between subversion of people’s rights, abuse of power, and lame intellect of leaders in these plays.

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

The point made by Kamini to the effect that African nations must cease to depend on western nations to solve their problems is salutary baabuu the view that the international body has outlived its usefulness may be far from correct.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nobody complain any more. We see in the play the religious leader, Dopethe traditional ruler Rent and the trade union leader Rout all cowed partly by the barrel of gun and also more importantly by brown envelope full of new notes, thereby desecrating the age-long traditional institution. The subscription to graft by these groups not only explains kimg “scar” that successive irresponsible governments have inflicted on the life of Guatu people, but also exposes the insen-sitivity of the so-called leaders of the pressure groups to the plight of the masses.


Like the Chairman of Bugara Central Bank who earlier advised against Kamini’s idea of knig more money into bbaabu, the Sculptor is assaulted and thrown in a toilet cell on account of his vitriolic statements against Kamini. Subscribe now to be the first to hear about specials and upcoming releases. King Baabu 17 What follows this intrigue is that criminality is legalized and important state duties are abandoned. Jeyifo is to come to terms with the difficulty in the Marxist labeling of Soyinka’s works.

TRUTH AND FICTION: Theatre Review: King Baabu

All known to the general public of Africa and Nigeria most especially, that the initiation of coup d’tat is one of the top gravest mistakes Nigerian leader ever made and one of the most thoughtless flaws Nigerians ever embraced.

Mayowa Abiodun marked it as to-read Jun 02, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He makes a spirited effort to secure jealously his domain while starving off all opposition with the sword. Introduction The relationship between art and politics has always been one of the major concerns of literary criticism. Adunni rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka and Poems from Prison, were secretly written on toilet paper and smuggled out of prison.

The Supreme Council for Advance Redemption-note, by the way that the word Military is missing in that title for the first time in the history of coups d’etat in this nation King Baabu 1 But the grand design is to have a perpetual hold on to power. King Baabu satirizes kinv quotidian nature of corruption in the fictive nation of Guatu which has been under siege of four successive military governments baaabu Generals Uzi, Rajinda, Potipoo, and Basha Bash.


One has to read in-between the lines to be able recognize Soyinka’s humour. Even one could glean lucidly from the name Soyinka gives his characters.

Although the propaganda of global politics is the same, the strategies are different in the home front. Ironically, these spiritualists also deceive their patrons. From inside the book.

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History

Potipoo sets democratization and anti-graft agendas and pledges to tackle the poverty and hunger which previous governments have inflicted on the populace by floating a monstrous economic or agricultural project. In the attempt bbaabu negotiate the rejected loan request the following dialogue ensues between Kamini and the Chairman of Bugara Central Bank: He is a distinguished playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, political activist, and literary scholar.

John rated it really liked it Jul 29, On account of past failed experimentations at home and the waning popularity of despotic governments in global baagu, Kamini, Potipoo and Basha’s governments are faced with the problem of acceptance.

The Development of African Drama. It is very simple and straight forward. Chiamaka marked it as to-read Nov 01, The Participants Script and Artistic Director: In Nigeria, like other African countries, negotiation for power though undemocratic means gave rise to the proliferation of military regimes and dictatorial rule. Patrick added it Apr 29, baabuu Ife Monographs on Literature and Criticism Jeyifo’s Marxist reading of The Road in “The hidden class war in The Road” outlines the metrics of class in the play to argue for its ideological leaning; but Ropo Sekoni’s “Diversionary ideology in The Road”in the same publication, provides a semiotic interpretation that contradicts Jeyifo’s understanding of ideology in the play.