Daniel O. Fagunwa

Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa, for about a quarter of a century from 1939 to 1961 was the well-known of all writers of fiction in Yoruba language. His first work, Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmole, a…

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Palm Wine Drunkard

The Palm Wine Drinkard

Palm Wine Drinkard is the first person narrative novel by Amos Tutuola, published in 1952 in London by Faber & Faber. The author, who sparsely showed any ambitions for his own craft, had…

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Ola Rotimi depicted artistically in a photo

Ola Rotimi

Emmanuel Gladstone Olawale Rotimi is one of the best known Nigerian playwrights. He was born April 1938 in Sapele to a Yoruba radical Lagos trade-union activist father and an Ijaw mother. His…

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An Opera, Wedlock of the Gods by Zulu Sofola , set in 18th century, rural Nigeria,is a tragic drama about love and sacrifice. Source: Virgo Foundation


Opera is a staged dramatic work enlivened with inclusion of songs, dance, and drum beats. In western Nigeria, this is spiced with the demonstration of the beauty and melody that abound in the…

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Scene from Ola Rotimi, The Gods Are Not To Blame. Source Oxfors Schorlaship online

The Gods Are Not To Blame

The Gods Are Not To Blame is a classic play by Ola Rotimi set in 15th Century western region of Nigeria, in which Odewale, a man destined to kill his father and marry his mother finds himself in a…

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The Lion& the Jewel by Soyinka, first performance- 12 December 1966 Source- Royal Court Theater, London

Lion & the Jewel

Lion & the Jewel is the third play by Nobel prize winning Wole Soyinka to appear in London, described in the year of its inaugural staging as enough to establish Nigeria as the most fertile…

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