Dr Kemi Atanda ILORI Vagabond Minstrels Osofisan’s new play reveals materialism as an unprofitable end A Review of Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels A play. Title, Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels: A Feritlity Rite for the Modern Stage. Author, Femi Osofisan. Publisher, New Horn Press, Original from, Indiana. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand- picked children’s books every 1, 2, or 3 months — at 40% off List Price.

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In this paper we shall examine the dsu of Osofisan in which social problems like corruption, graft, fraud and embezzlement are depicted. Consequently, the Chairman summons a meeting of the Council to decide how they can prevent the coming of Solarin which will spell doom for them.

Or you know how much I paid for that appointment? Thr the script betrays the usual stage puns and devices of Femi Osofisan, Esu in performance is a grandiose tableaux of dramatic episodes knitted together by the theme of cruelty versus compassion, survival versus social extinction.

You just won’t accept that some of us can dedicate our lives to cleaning up the mess you and your kind insist on making all over the place? Lawal refuses to accept the ten percent and tells his business associate frankly: The priests of austerity, drought and perennial shortages.

To Kunle, mama is old fashioned. Driven to desperation by hunger, they resolved to risk the wrath of Esu by stealing such offerings as were brought to him by victims of one misfortune or the other. All of it for you! I have no choice in the matter.

Esu and the vagabond minstrels.

How much did madam give you? I immediately agreed and worked with staff, members of the PTA and members of the Board of Governors to ensure, not only that our students performed in Lagos but that minstrdls are able to do so in an excellent auditorium such as we have here at the MUSON centre. English View all editions and formats.


The removal of Major Ajaka unilaterally from the Board of the company by Kunle worsens the situation. Kunle on the other hand acknowledges the fact that he is rich already but he is of the desire to become richer.

As a social crusader and a member of the society, he extends his creative tentacles to explore, reflect and depict various social vices that are plaguing the Nigerian society. But before we go into that, we shall first of all attempt a contextual analysis of corruption as a universal phenomenon.

Ayinde, a school teacher in the play openly castigates them: Unlike Radio, the leader of the troupe Kola Oyewoor the fiery Epo Oyinbo Tunji Ojeyemior Jigi Yinka Igeor Sinsin Pauline UgbodagaOmele Jimi Sodimu chose those targets which only brought him the derision and scorn of his friends and finally their desertion and cruelty when he contracted leprosy. Towards the tail end of that regime, corruption had become part of Gowon’s political agenda. But the list is sufficient for our purpose here.

The Doctor in charge shirks in his responsibility and the hospital suffers irremediably from congestion, lack of regular baths for the patients, the mortuary is even more congested and the mortuary attendants make their living out of it. Besides, the Chief Magistrate is a cult man.

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They thus decide to engage the service of Baba Fawomi, an Ifa Priest. You may send this item to up to five recipients. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.

And for the audience, a stretch of nights to know as one of the songs insists that: Femi Odekunle 97 gives us a succinct typology of corruption.

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Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. The world is full of cannibals indeed. Cancel Forgot your password? Osofisan is always optimistic and hopeful that the prevalent social problems in the society can be overcome.


I hope you enjoy the production as much as the children have enjoyed preparing for it. Inspector Consequently, Chief Ereniyi is arrested. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. At Olashore International School, we believe in developing the full potential of each child through a balanced education of an international standard in a serene environment. It is wickedness for people to kill because of wealth. Currency notes and jewels tumble on the floor. What kind of business, and so lucrative a business, did you carry on with Dr.

The era of General Yakubu Gowon which was the period of oil boom made eus control of power to be concentrated at the centre. The concern of this paper is, therefore, an intense sociological exploration of Osofisan’s plays that satirize and lampoon the seemingly legalized practice of bribery and corruption in Nigeria.

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Any attempt to expose her fraudulent activities is always fraudulent activities is always resisted with violence. Obaluaye, the god of smallpox, went to work. In which other home, Chinwe! Or is it too early to ask?

Osofisan thus openly exposes bribery and corruption, hoarding, artificial scarcity in the public service.

Yet, the activities of all the political office holders and powerful elite and capitalists became difficult to be coordinated. They embezzle and direct public funds that are meant for the welfare of the people into their personal accounts. Osofisan uses the meeting as an occasion to expose the corruption and fraudulent practices of the various arms of the Council as the meeting turns out to be a forum where confessional statements that border on their corrupt acts are revealed at the slightest provocation.

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