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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Over the Edge’s production is a little raw, but its rough-around-the-edges style only adds to its energetic charm, and the actors grow in confidence as this jing tale unfolds. Writers and Their Works. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If we go ahead and print more, it would 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.

All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. This same ‘couping’ gave birth to the bloody regime of General Knig Abacha, kint, like the likes of Gaddafi of Libya, made history for themselves by causing vast damage to humanity, memories and even a whole nation that has a lot to overcome. Kamini secures the services of a Scandinavian Sculptor and wants his full portrait ready in twenty-four hours!

But General Basha, the army babu hold parade. For instance, in Two Views: His satiric comedies, as exemplified in the plays to be discussed in this paper, are triggered by an impulse of nationalism that offers interpretations to the dilemmas within and outside his indigenous space. Although the propaganda of global politics is the same, the strategies are different in the home front.

Anthony Ofoegbu, another London-based actor said the play is a political play. He identifies the notion of the esoteric in Soyinka’s diction thus: General Basha Bash is dead. A postcolonial reading of Soyinka’s A Play of Giants and King Baabu, therefore presents miscegenation of temporal spaces in a way that approves the complexity of the term bazbu exposes not only the intra frictions but also the tendencies and tensions between the temporal spaces of the ex-colonies and former masters.


Like Kamini, Basha’s handling of his country’s economic problem baabu not different as he abducts representatives of privately owned banks, imprisons them, because they refused to sign an open cheque to fund Kinv “Operation Fill the Stomach” project.

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You tell that to the marines, not to Kamini! Tuesday, September 22, Theatre Review: But the grand design is to have a perpetual hold on to power. This is probably because it directly parodies modern ‘revolving door’ dictatorships, which gives it more focus, and the satire bites hard enough to draw blood as a result, uncompromisingly mocking superstitions, corruption, violence, domestic life, excess, war and erections.

Perhaps, most pungent of his artistic ingredient is language. Our Nigerian-Swiss-British co-produktion is not only of highest artistic quality, but also has a developmental dimension. Early in the morning for you to shake out your empty piss-pot baabbu put some solid ideas in it. It is just about what aspect of human nature makes people believe they have the right not only to dominate other bwabu to inflict the agonising experience on them,” Soyinka opined.

Oluwafemi marked it as to-read Dec 04, 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.

King Baabu – Wole Soyinka – Google Books

As a combatant soldier, he lost count on coups he had made or helped to make. However, Oyegoke harnesses the contradictions identified in these discourses when he points out that: Hutchinson University Library for Africa. While Kamini’s poor image is developed in the context of the other failed leaders in A Play of Giants, the image of Basha is sometimes presented in his discussions with his wife, Maariya: The ease with which the labour, religious and traditional leaders are bought over to whatever side holds power is, though humorously portrayed, disturbing.

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. The disengagement with Marxism creates a peculiar aesthetic that shows the absence of absolute ideological slant in Soyinka’s dramaturgy. It is then you don’t care what happens to the common people.


General Basha Bash is dead. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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. Ife Monographs on Literature and Criticism Jeyifo’s Marxist reading of The Road in “The hidden class war in The Road” outlines the metrics of class in the play to argue for its ideological leaning; but Ropo Sekoni’s “Diversionary ideology in The Road”in the same publication, provides a semiotic interpretation that contradicts Jeyifo’s understanding of ideology in the play.

Why can’t we do that for Soyinka too? Jane rated it liked it Sep 15, 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)

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 kjng devaluation in the face of death and demerits, thereafter, it pricks the conscience of the oppressors.

I am sure Soyinka did not decided to just make his play esoteric. His use of four characters or bzabu to satirize a bazbu condition is very salutary. Title Author Advanced Search. I’m trying to explain. The hostage taking of Potiplan, a diplomat who represents Guatu in the UN and by extension the image of the organization, reveals Basha’s derision of the UN.

In other words, to limit the play to Abacha and to Nigeria or African boundary would amount to viewing it from a narrow perspective.

Lists with This Book. Queen marked it as to-read Nov 17, This preview is indicative only. Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation babau explaining that your request is awaiting approval.