Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka


Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta in 1934 on July 13. Soyinka becomes an adult in the British, learned in the Nigeria University of London. He was the first black African who get Nobel prize for literary writing. He married thrice and became the father of five children.


In this drama (King and the Horseman)Soyanka trying to analyze how white man trying to governor detect the life of blacks and how the colonizers could not understand the true feelings emotions and dedication of African people.
The consciouses of white intervention upon black cultures are disastrous. The play shows the historical and real incident of 1946. And shows the clash of two civilizations. It also suggests that Africans must reinterpret their culture. He shows connection and difference between Yobru God and Greek God. This play challenges the notion of colonization and the western way of thinking other’s cultures as uncivilized and Barbaric.

Major theme

-War vs triple suicide
-Criticized the 2nd world war and other wars fought by white civilization
-Colonizers taught native people about their true values and worth. When natives are deprived of everything. They truly understood what they posest.


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