This book is an exploration into the 1950s’ countenance of Nigeria. A time when Christianity was having just a few victories against traditional religions.
The play is a brilliant adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, given a Yoruba setting and internalized into its cosmos.
Notable themes in Allah is Not Obliged include superstition, war, power instability, religion manipulation, juvenile corruption, child-soldier phenomenon, cannibalism, and distorted fatalism.
In a typical Soyinkaesque prose narration, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is ringed around four friends, who driven by youthful dreams and exuberance, commit themselves into a social quartet, the Gong of Four during their studies abroad. They draw a wager on who would first attain national prominence among them.
Fences is one of the two play texts recommended under the Non-African Drama category for 2021-2025 Harmonised Literature-in-English SSCE syllabus. The other text in this category is John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.
Look Back in Anger is all about a complicated man (Jimmy) who always insults his wife at every slightest provocation.