Zulu Sofola

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Zulu Sofola (1935 - 1995) was the first published female Nigerian playwright and dramatist.

Her parents were Igbo from Issele-Uku in Delta State. She studied at Virginia Union Baptist Seminary and The Catholic University of America and she obtained her PhD from University of Ibadan. Her plays often dealt with contemporary Nigerian life and Nigeria dealing with the West in a way deemed "accessible." She faced some criticism for being too Western influenced.Zulu Sofola was also a university teacher who taught Drama at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. She also taught Drama at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria where she was appointed, Head of Department for the Performing Arts. Sofola was a singer,dancer,and a prolific playwright. She was one of the most distinguished women in Nigerian literature. Zulu Sofola was the first female Professor of Theater Arts in Africa.


Sofola's plays include:
  • The Disturbed Peace of Christmas (1971)
  • Wedlock of the Gods (1972)
  • King Emene (1974), Heinemann ISBN 0435928600
  • The Wizard of Law (1975), Evans Bros ISBN 0237499517
  • The Sweet Trap (1977), Ibadan: Oxford University Press ISBN 019575386X
  • Old Wines Are Tasty (1981), Ibadan University Press ISBN 9781544996

Further reading

  • Gikandi, S. (2002) Encyclopedia of African Literature. Routledge ISBN 0415230195 - p.502
  • Gilbert, H. (1996) Post-Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics. Routledge ISBN......
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