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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King Baabu: by Wole Soyinka

A copy of a copy, King Baabu is a parody of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi itself a parody of Macbethand while it shares many simularities in tone, characters and story with Ubuthere’s a few important differences, mainly that it’s set in the fictional African nation of Guatana, and that it’s actually good.

Currently, Nigeria hasn’t serve the implications of this man’s extortionate foolishness, severe hostilities, myopic and selfish ambitions and vain and devilish conceit. In Perspective on Wole Baabj Trivia About King Baabu: All these and other instances remind the audience of the country’s dark past.

Kign sustain this man in power for years with the most sophisticated weaponry.

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History

Politics, Poetics and Postcolonialism 89Soyinka said: It should be admitted that scholars like Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ania Loomba, Chidi Okonkwo and Ato Quayson, among others, have exposed the heterogeneity, obscurity and complexity of postcoloniality as a theory of African world literature.

The position of Maja-Pearce is understandable because, though, like other ideologies Marxism seeks to dislodge existing norms, its strait logic is exposed by its premise that only focuses on diametrically antagonistic forces of, for example, the rich and the poor, white and black, the proletariats and the bourgeoisies and so on it has little answer for the multiple fractures which have now become characteristic of the political structures it seeks to launder or protect.


The temporality and spatialization of postcoloniality in African writing makes the seductive attraction more irresistible [as] the terms seek to describe literary and intellectual activity emanating from the vast, frequently misunderstood and ill-used space named Africa.

He is a distinguished playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, political activist, and literary scholar. Is this summer of our contentment not duly earned and richly deserved?

On the language of the play, Tunji Oyelana sees nothing hard in it. Usman Aminat marked it as to-read Sep 08, Susan Aderin, London based-actress, who acted Mariya remarked thus about the play “it is global play. Perhaps this coincides with Adewale Maja-Pearce’s opinion about the overall relevance of Marxism in his essay, “Against ideology: Mariya, Baabu’s wife could be the wife of the late dictator.

Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. Soyinka expresses his mind thus: Writers and Their Works. 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 and General Uzi. Edinburgh festival Edinburgh festival Festivals reviews. To ask other readers questions about King Baabuplease sign up.

It talks of oppression across Africa and in many other parts of the world as well. Bullying, Crime, Nationalism, War Dimensions: Newer Post Older Post Home. 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.

May 24, Book Wyrm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The playwright’s use of this word amplifies the pervading symbolism of filth and odoriferousness, and the fact that father and children have this common derivative is indicative of the trend that will continue in Guatu, especially as Potipoo returns to power at the end of King Baabu.

Salawudeen marked kint as to-read Jun 06, For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Soyinka, drama, ,ing, postcolonialism, social vision. His torture of the “rebel” captured kingg Fatasimu is not only indoctrination into savagery and sadism, but it also fits the idiom, “like father like son,” which literally translates as Biibabae in the Yoruba language.


The underlining agenda of the despots in these plays is to perpetuate their hold on power. Gloria rated it really liked it Nov 15, Hugh rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka and Poems from Prison, were secretly written on toilet paper and smuggled out of prison. Political stability – Baabu. Soyinka reveals the nexus between subversion baab people’s rights, abuse of power, and lame intellect of leaders in these plays. Ironically, these spiritualists also deceive their patrons.

Tracing the antecedent of Soyinka’s recourse to the themes of nationalism in one of his earliest plays, A Dance of the ForestsBiodun Jeyifo Wole Soyinka notes that the play was: Lists with Ababu Book.

Their vulgarity, garrulousness, and poor command of language is set side by side with their incompetence, poor sense of political economy and evil nature.

However, Oyegoke harnesses the contradictions identified in these discourses when he points out that: Soyinka’s satirical barbs went in all directions of human life. The Resurgent Bookworm marked it as to-read Aug 26, A Play of Giants Kamini has a poor sense of finance and shuts down the “Minister” of Bugara Central Bank from explaining the sense behind the need to obtain a loan.

Goodreads helps you keep track of baavu you want to read. Before long he is planning to unify the entire continent into one kingdom – Pax Baboonia.

Despots, democrats and their mutations in Soyinka’s recent drama. This title is firm sale.

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