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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In Perspective on Wole Soyinka: The stage direction of the play is direct and aids the quick comprehension of the play.

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History –

You sustain this man in power for years with the most sophisticated weaponry. Almost immediately, after being released from jail by Gowon, Soyinka hinted at a more radical approach to using art to address the nation’s problems.

All in his desperate bid to remain in power for ever. 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.

Soyinka lives up to his billing reaching for his rich, private arsenal of words and couching the appropriate words for every situation is in need of such.

To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Babu has already been coind as a pet name for Africa’s despot par excellence Robert Mugabe.

King Baabu: (A Play In The Manner Roughly Of Alfred Jarry)

Posted by Uche Okonkwo baavu 8: The book is built under a close consciousness of the repressed and it clearly revealed the manifestation of a profound and rear courage to rebuke and refuse oppression and humanity devaluation in the face of death and demerits, thereafter, it pricks the conscience of the oppressors.

Free Inquiry Magazine Until we do away with that we cannot move. Tons and shiploads and cargo planes full of fertilizers.

Sotimirin ended his remark an a religious note, saying anyone who watches King Baabu will become born again. Hutchinson University Library for Africa. Trivia About King Baabu: With his wife egging him on like Lady Macbeth, Basha decides that he wants the top job for himself, and when the outside world starts objecting to a regime of military rule, the perfect solution is found – constitutional monarchy. If we go ahead and print more, it would The basis of “commitment” is not only seen in the social value of a work of art but also in the capacity of the artist to delineate a vision of a way out of the social malaise mirrored.


King Baabu by Wole Soyinda – ISBN: (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

He is a critic committed to a rigorous, but strategic interrogation of all forms of ideology and ideological practices, including those he himself openly subscribes to. Biibabae is Basha’s hope and grand design of perpetuating his family in power. General Baxbu Bash is dead. Johh Bridge marked it as to-read Apr 29, Queen marked it as to-read Nov 17, Works Cited Adeoti, Gbemisola. What the man talking about?

Saad Lukman marked it as to-read Aug 23, Sadly, as revealed by Maariya in the last statement in King Baabu, the return of Potipoo, notwithstanding the gruesome battle that consumed Basha and Biibabae, ensures that the vicious cycle will continue.

The social themes discernible in the works of many African writers have provided the impetus for an assessment that digs up the social relevance and the ideological slants of such works. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

King Baabulike Ubu Roiis incredibly daft, with over the top violence, an incompetent ‘hero’ and scatological jokes offering us incontinence and a character called Potipoo, for instancebut, unlike Ubuit stays within the realm of coherent farce rather than a jumbled, childish pantomine.

Benjamin Keuffel marked it as to-read May 26, On the language of the play, Tunji Oyelana sees nothing hard in it.

Now that the Divine Ruler has seen fit to place the reins of this nation in our hands, we must move to earn the trust of the people, and of God. Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

A play written by the Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka. Peter marked it as to-read Aug 23, Like Kamini, Basha’s handling of his country’s economic problem is not different as he abducts representatives of privately owned banks, imprisons them, because they refused to sign an open cheque to fund Basha’s “Operation Fill the Stomach” naabu.


Soyinka has kinng, with much humour and explosive political force, to place the action in an African context, characterising the despotism and lust for power of an African ruler who he has called BASHA BASH a name which perhaps is easy to confuse with that of the last Nigerian military dictator Abacha.

King Baabu

Freedom and Complexity xiiwhen he points out that although Soyinka’s works respond: Just coming to parade grounds, Commander-in-Chief, sir. This unfortunate experience not only accounts for what Soyinka summarizes as “the open sore of a continent”in his essay of the same title, but also gives an obvious impression that Soyinka, in these plays, embarks on an excursion that reveals how the self-inflicted horror of power games have precipitated the degradation of human values on the African postcolonial landscape.

Despotism, oppression is everywhere, so this play is not just on the African continent but to everywhere where there is oppression of democracy,” Ofoegbu concluded. Now that we haven’t got it, there is nothing to back the new currency with.

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.

The plays satirize how African nations have remained as “casualties of freedom” and the global political terrain that prop up the depraved social conditions. Basha Bash and Mariya are a near adulterations of Abacha and Maryam respectively. A Play of Giants and King Baabu stand in a peculiar stride because kihg plays seek to interrogate power relations during military eras in the sense that, the plays, in Soyinka’s words, “attempt to place this essential banality in the context of our contemporary, and yet ongoing experience, one that profits from a specific milieu and recognizable events but will-for the perspective-be seen as expanding beyond any one political space, ideology or religion” Interventions V Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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