Set in post colonial times, the play touches on many themes, including education, politics, poverty, and violence. Wamala, the father at the center of the drama, is a man living in denial, unwilling to accept his slide into poverty, after he loses his post as a Minister in the government.
Published in 1979, the book was set in East Africa in the post colonial Kenya. The themes in this book include love, wealth versus poverty among others. The main characters are Caroline, Chuma the narrator, Kihuthu, Caroline’s father.
Written by Africa’s well known dramatist, Wole Soyinka, the play has its setting in the village of Ilunjunle in Yoruba West Africa. It was published in 1963 by Oxford University Press.
Set against the backdrop of the post colonial era in Kenya, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross depicts irony at its peak – with the devil on the cross instead of Jesus. Written entirely in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Gikuyu language after he declared he would no longer write in English, the book is a critical examination of Kenyan society. Deeply allegorical, it was written while the author was detained in prison.
The Jero Plays by Wole Soyinka consist of two short plays re-released as a collection in 1973. The Trials of Brother Jero first came out in 1964, while Jero’s Metamorphosis was published two years later in 1966. Both plays satirize Christianity and religious hypocrisy, particularly, the unquestioning devotion that many converts display towards their spiritual leaders, often exposing themselves to manipulation in the process.
The book has its setting in West Africa and was published in 1966. Like Amadi’s other books, it centers on traditional values in African society. Rivalry, conflict and disunity are major themes, evidenced most strikingly by the land wrangle between Madume and Emenike over a shifted boundary. Madume threatens to invoke traditional powers against Emenike.
Set in western Uganda, The First Daughter was published in 1996. Written by Goretti Kyomuhendo, this passionately written story is based on the life of a young girl growing up in a rural African community during the post colonial era.
“House Boy” was originally published in French in 1956 under the title “Un vie de boy”, and later translated to English in 1966.
The book is written in form of a diary, kept by a Cameroonian houseboy Toundi.
Set in eastern Nigeria and published in 1969, the story is about a ruinous feud between the two villages of Chiolu and Aliakoru. The story traces its way back to the pre colonial era, a time when Africans believed in the power of magic and supernatural healing possessed by the traditional healers (dibias, as used in the book) and divine intervention to appease the gods.
Set around Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, Upon This Mountain by Timothy Wangusa was published in 1989 by Heinemann International. It portrays African life in the post colonial era, a time when communities were drawn together through special religious and cultural occasions like baptism and circumcision.