The Plays

1. Celebration of Life

2. The Deer and the Hunters Pearl

3. The Disturbed Peace of Christmas (published)

4. Eclipso and the Fantasia

5. Ivory Tower

6. King Emene (published)

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(Heinemann Educational Books, 1974, 1991)

Peace Week is the week when the King is transformed into a god and enters the shrine to carry the problems of his citizens to their God.  According to tradition, the King must be pure and undefiled.  The oracle and the goddess of the kingdom must confirm that all is well before the King enters the shrine.  But all is not well.  Nneobi, the King’s mother, has committed a crime so that King Emene may not be enthroned.  The elders and other officials warn the King of the need for a public confession of the crime and the purification of the throne.  But he sees the advice of the elders as a plot to destroy him.  His rejections of their advice leads to tragedy.  This play is suitable for middle and upper forms.

7. Lost Dreams

8. The Love of Life

9. The Operators

10. The Showers
(#7-10 published in book “Lost Dreams and other Plays.”)

11. Memories In The Moonlight (published)

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(Evans Brothers (Nigeria Publishers) Ltd , 1986)

This play explores the familiar African scenes of love and revel, romance and adventure under the irresistible force of tropical moonlight.  The experience spans from the teenage love between Ugo and Abiona through wooing scenes with Oyege as the central figure to the love reveries of men of age, and finally to the age-old desire by old men to rejuvenate their lives through a marriage to teenage girls.

12. Old Wines Are Tasty (published)

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(University Press PLC, 1979, 1991)

Old Wines are Tasty is set in a Nigerian village during the days of the first Republic.  Okebuno travels to his home town from Lagos to canvass for support for the forthcoming elections.  He discovers that things are not as easy as he thought, and the opposition towards him grows stronger . . .


13. Queen Omu-Ako of Oligbo

14. Song of a Maiden (published)

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(University Press PLC, 1991)

A group of academicians have come to Shao to do some research, however, their eccentric behavior, especially that of Professor Oduyinka, has scared the villagers and so they have been relegated to live on the hill top, not on Shao soil.

The gods of Shao declare that to avert imminent disaster and to be allowed to continue their activities, one of the strangers has to undergo a ritual marriage with one of the village maidens.  Professor Oduyinka and Yinka, daughter of Alabi are chosen for this.

Yetunde and Professor Oduyinka both abhor the idea of this marriage.  How will Yetunde get out of this distasteful arrangement that has been decreed by the gods and how will Professor Oduyinka refuse, knowing that by doing so, he destroys the chance of his research group carrying out their work?

An unexpected twist emerges at the climax of this drama.

15. The Sweet Trap (published)

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(University Press Limited, 1977; Oxford University Press, 1979)

The Sweet Trap explores the age-old battle between the sexes in a different setting, a modern university community in Ibadan.  From the all-male Okebadan Festival to an elegant party that goes wrong, the play moves swiftly and unexpectedly to an emotional conclusion.

16. Wedlock of the Gods (published)

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(Evans Brothers Limited, 1972, 1991)

Wedlock of the Gods is a tragedy which finds its roots in the ritual of death and mourning.  The traditional solemnity of the ritual is distorted however for, rather than engaging in the normal funeral rites and rituals which should have cleansed her and sent the spirit of the deceased to the world of the gods, the widow expresses a sense of liberation from unwanted marriage, while the mother of the deceased performs rites meant to destroy her son’s widow as an act of vengeance for supposedly killing her son.
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17. The Wizard of Law (published)

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(Evans Brothers Limited, 1975, 1988)

The Wizard of Law deals with an old lawyer who has met with reverses and who tries at a festive period to impress his wife by purchasing nine metres of lace material on credit at a time when he is penniless.  The cloth-seller, Rafiu, takes advantage of this opportunity to inflate the prices of cloth in order to make a heavy gain.  Ramoni, not having the money with which to pay, gets more and more into trouble.  He desperately looks for a court case through which he would get the needed money.

Akpan, Rafiu’s goat-keeper, gets into trouble with Rafiu and needs Ramoni’s help.  Akpan finally outwits Ramoni who was also trying to out wit Rafiu.  The play ends with Ramoni winning the case, but losing the fee.

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Queen Omu-Ako of Oligbo, this was the last play Zulu Sofola wrote and produced in the U.S., while she was a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of New York (1988-89).  The play was staged from April 21st – May 13th, 1989 at the Paul Robeson Theatre, housed within the African American Cultural Center of SUNY-Buffalo, and received rave reviews from the theatre community.

A play about the civil war in Nigeria, this narrative depicted the crisis-ridden point in history where women surfaced to power within the traditional governemnt of her people.