Originally written in Gĩkũyũ, I Will Marry When I Want is a play authored by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo’o and Ngũgĩ wa Mĩriĩ. The play portrays life in pre- and post independence Kenya, and brings out the suspicions local people held towards the missionaries and imperialists, whom they saw as wielding the Bible in one hand and the gun in the other. While the missionaries brainwashed and caused the local people to be drunk with religion, they purloined their land and heaped up riches for themselves.
As the title implies, Eneta vs. Elimo (published in 2008 by Édition CLÉ, Yaoundé), is a duel between two ladies, Eneta and Elimo, depicted in drama and set in Cameroon. At only 86 pages, this is a relatively short but action-packed read.
Set in Anglophone Cameroon, Betrothal Without Libation is a drama that portrays a family’s struggles to overcome tribal prejudice. The principal characters are Fointam and Elisa. The former hails from the Kom tribe in the North West region of Cameroon, and the latter is from the Banyangi tribe in the South West region also of Cameroon.
Soyinka paints a different perception of the street urchins otherwise known as ‘area boys’ in Nigeria. Where society generally views them as a group of no-gooders, thieves, pranksters and miscreants, Soyinka portrays them here as a set of people who are as responsible as the next person, and are only busy going about the business of survival.
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.
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.