Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2017)
The dramatic quality of the lion and the jewel
Author(s): R Niranjanadevi, R Ramya, J Keerthana, D Jeyanthi, R Vinayagadurga
Abstract: Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, novelist and critic, is the first black African writer to get the prestigious Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. The play Lion and the Jewel was first performed in 1959. It chronicles how Baroka, the Lion, fights with the modern Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi, the titular Jewel. Lakunle is portrayed as the civilized antithesis of Baroka and unilaterally attempts to modernize his community and change its social conventions for no reason other than the fact that he can. The transcript of the play was first published in 1962 by oxford university press. Soyinka emphasizes the theme of the corrupted African culture through the play, as well as how the youth should embrace the original African culture.