Death and the Kings Horseman: A Play by Wole SoyinkaBased on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinkas powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the kings chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesins son arrives home.
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Death and the King's Horseman
Wole Soyinka's dramatic portrayal of colonial Nigeria in the s. A colonial district officer intervenes to stop a local man committing ritual suicide. A new production of the drama by Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka, based on real events in s Nigeria. A colonial district officer intervenes to prevent a local man committing ritual suicide - with far reaching consequences. In awarding Soyinka the Nobel Prize for Literature in , the Swedish Academy drew special attention to Death and the King's Horseman as evidence of his talent for combining Yoruban and European culture into a unique kind of poetic drama.
Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Elesin Oba, the King's Horseman, has a single destiny. When the King dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his King's favourite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. Soyinka's play is as much philosophical as political. On one side there is the Yoruba culture, in which the death of a king is followed by the suicide of his favoured liegeman.
When the play opens, the Yoruba king has just died, and Elesin Oba the king's horseman , according to tradition, must follow his king to the great beyond. The move is important because it keeps the universe spinning. Which sounds really important if you ask us. As Elesin enters the market to prepare for the big plunge, he seems pretty ready—but the Praise-Singer who accompanies him is a wee bit dubious that he'll be able to take things all the way. Elesin reassures him, and the women of the market start getting him outfitted properly for the big event.