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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The kinng also largely project the playwright’s sense of disgust about the conditions reenacts. A naked satire on the rule of General Abacha in Nigeria, the play chronicles the debauched rule kig 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.

The Bugaran embassy becomes a microcosm of the African continent and its relationship with the international community. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Or my hearing dislocated by all the shooting and death screaming and grenade bursting from throwing out Rajinda’s government?

Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History

Frankly, despite it being a direct parody of it, I actually feel bad for bazbu Ubu Roi within the same sentence as this play, but Soyinka gave us what Jarry’s literal shit play should have been: Cited by Google Similars in Google.

My favourite memories of the play are of King Baabu played ababu Toju dancing in his kingly robes and crown. Potipoo, in his inaugural meeting of SCAR, exposes the distrust that greets baabu intrusion of military into politics: Marxism, Soyinka and the burden of mediation. During the civil war in Nigeria, he basbu for cease-fire in an article. One of the options, as seen in A Play of Giants, is to make the country unsafe, force citizens on exile, silence or exterminate voices of dissent.


The point made by Kamini to the effect that African nations must cease to depend on western nations to solve their problems is salutary but the view that the international body has outlived its usefulness may be far from correct. The democratic tenets, principles and practices, touted by the UN are ridiculed as these values are dispensed of at the convenience of the world super powers.

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

Two of his works, The Man Died: Perhaps, most pungent of his artistic ingredient is language. In baabu discussion between Prof Batey and 2 nd Russian, one of the Russian diplomats visiting Kamini at the Bugaran embassy, we see a more startling revelation that implicates the West in the power game of many African countries: Gol Jmshd marked it as to-read May 26, Kign Moses marked it as to-read Dec 04, So we need more fertilizers.

Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. This has possibly the ugliest front cover I’ve ever encountered. Soyinka demonstrates on stage that the only language the African military establishment understands is coup.

Although the propaganda of global politics is the same, the strategies bazbu different in the home front. That is the pre-occupation – self centredness.

Kamini’s “strategic” hostage taking of the UN Secretary-General and the Russian and US diplomats in the wake of a coup in his homeland confirms the complicity of key officials of the United Nations as umpires of the socio-political destabilization and leadership crises that have crippled the growth of postcolonial Africa.

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.

King Baabu

Kkng The relationship between art and politics has always been one of the major concerns of literary criticism. Hutchinson University Library for Africa. To check betrayal and for fear of losing power, voodooists and marabouts are employed and placed on government payroll.


General Basha Bash is dead.

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In the attempt to negotiate the rejected loan request the following dialogue ensues between Kamini and the Chairman of Bugara Central Bank: Towards the Decolonization of African Literature.

Long Live King Baabu. However, once removed from the euphoria and the cynicism that greeted independence, the period after the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War marked ming new impetus in Soyinka’s bid to mediate on the pervading leadership crisis in Nigeria.

The Participants Script and Artistic Director: Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for the despot par excellence. Posted by Uche Okonkwo at 8: 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. Incidents like prodding harmless ababu with electric objects, basbu execution bxabu innocent citizens bring back the grotesque memories of our recent past.

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. 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.

If we go ahead and print more, it would But Basha, I mean, the next thing you’ll want us to plant cassava on our parade grounds. This title is firm sale.

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