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King BaaBu By Wole Soyinka

Author: Wole Soyinka


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A naked satire on the rule of General Abacha in Nigeria, the play chronicles the debauched rule of General Basha Bash who takes power in a coup and exchanges his general’s uniform for a robe and crown re-christening himself King Baabu. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Soyinka develops a special childish language for his cast of characters who have names like Potipoo and General Uzi. Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess, and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for despot par excellence. ‘We turn Guatu into the kingdom, ruled by kings. Nobody complains anymore. General Basha Bash is dead. Long Live King Baabu.’

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