Kongis harvest full text pdf
Kongis Harvest: A Play by Wole SoyinkaSoyinka’s themes of corruption, traditional (tribal) vs. modern governance, power struggle, and the occult are all featured here in the subtlest, most nuanced of manners. In fact, so much so, that I think unless a reader is familiar with West African tribal cultures or lived for some time in such a country, some layers may be missed when reading the text.
The magic of this play is that it never feels dense or trying, despite everything going on, which is really a testament to Soyinka’s playwright skills! Even the few short, humorous scenes, that help refocus a reader’s concentration, are layered with meanings and implications.
There is much to like in the craftsmanship of this play and in the cultural expositions around the themes. The main characters are all well-rounded and stand out from one another.
Wole Soyinka, Kongi’s Harvest
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Kongi's Harvest is a play written by Wole Soyinka. President Kongi, the dictator of an African developing nation , is trying to modernize after deposing King Oba Danlola, who is being held in detention. Kongi demands that Danlola present him with a ceremonial yam at a state dinner to indicate his abdication. Daodu, Danlola's nephew and heir, grows prized yams on his farm. Daodu's lover Segi owns a bar where Daodu spends most of his time. She is revealed to have been Kongi's former lover. As the different tribes are resisting unification, Kongi tries to reach his goal by any means necessary, including forcing government officials to wear traditional African outfits and seeking advice from the man he deposed.
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Seller Rating:., Kongi's Harvest is a Nigerian film directed by Ossie Davis , from a screenplay by Wole Soyinka adapted from his play by the same name.
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