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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Gaabu “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. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Soyinka develops a special childish baaabu for his cast of characters who have names like Potipoo A naked satire on the rule of General Abacha in Nigeria, the play chronicles the debauched rule of 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.
King Baabu Methuen drama Methuen modern plays.
Nigeria: King Baabu: A Reflection On History
And so from that point of view, I consider myself a humanist. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. Maria rated it really liked it Oct 27, Security of the people Baabu. Please note that print inspection copies are only available in UK and Republic of Ireland.
TRUTH AND FICTION: Theatre Review: King Baabu
This has possibly the ugliest front cover I’ve ever encountered. This is true only in that Soyinka is known to always pass his messages symbols and diction. Although the propaganda of global politics is the same, the strategies are kig in the home front.
If you are self-centred you will not be patriotic. Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. King Baabu 5 To cover up the deficiencies of language and acumen, the maximum rulers employ spokespersons.
The playwright proclivity for neologism and word twisting was amply exhibited as in words and coinages such as “fertilize your account indirect way of expressing embezzlement”ministry of feel-nice” Ministry of finance”better life for frugal women reminiscent of first ladies’ pet projects and “rapid disposal squad a similitude of Abacha’s deadly strike force.
It is then you don’t care what happens to the common people. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu RoiSoyinka develops a special childish language for his cast of characters who have names like Potipoo and General Uzi.
Yasmin marked it as to-read Dec 10, Loyal, that is, to the current government, until he topples it. Is this summer of our contentment not duly earned and richly deserved? Author’s Bio There is no author biography for this title. 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.
Jane rated it liked it Sep 15, My Account Sign in Register. Their vulgarity, garrulousness, and poor command of language is set side by side with their incompetence, poor sense of political economy and evil nature. All is well for Basha — now King Baabu — for knig while.
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.
Favourable economic condition – Baabu social welfare for the people – Baabu. The subscription to graft by these groups not only explains the “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.
For Wole Soyinka and many African writers, the engagements with local and national spaces have occasioned responses that reveal a commitment to the resolution of national traumas which sometimes have inseparable links with external influences. To check betrayal and bawbu fear of losing power, voodooists and marabouts are employed and placed on government payroll. He takes on the guise of outwardly benign ruler, paying lip service to democracy and open government even as his actions remain decidedly undemocratic.
To ask other readers questions about King Baabuplease sign up. For this reason the play returns to Nigeria in under the direction of the author after successful tours in Nigeria, Switzerland and Germany in and in Southafrica and Lesotho baabh AllAfrica is a voice of, by baab about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to kig African and global public.
Nobody complain any more. Oluwafemi marked it as to-read Dec 04, Sani Garba added it Apr 07, Gol Jmshd marked it as to-read May 26, Susan Aderin, London based-actress, who acted Mariya remarked thus about the play “it is global play.