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"christopher kibo" Discussed on What It Takes

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"christopher kibo" Discussed on What It Takes

"As if they're busy motivation was to step into into the shoes of the departing colonial officers be colonial British colonials so them already positioning themselves ah take over power and privilege seemed to be more important to them than service and commitment to the community babs this will become even more understandable if you took into consideration the fact that I was is already at that time because you know they political as already heavily politicised I was very acutely aware of what is happening in south South Africa poverty hardening of the South African apartheid system February play in England was directed at what apartheid South Africa called the invention and Group of spoke about this community anytime during the holidays as we come together go to work in pocket Bonnie and sit on the West African Union Discussing Politics National Politics Continental politics and and we were they'll sue felt maybe main mission first mission was to go aw and liberate South Africa there's no doubt at all in is but this is our immediate mission now this got derailed within within encountered the the first flagbearer says of our national independence and we said we're GONNA ask ourselves shouldn't charity really begin at home you know isn't this the first line all all concerned with should have because I began to see them as new as Intel potential internal colonialists list and of course events proved us right so my attention became diverted towards Nigeria and I couldn't wait to get back and of course was route dance to the forest as a warning play that what we saw indicated clearly that we might have to fight the war of independence all over again this time against our leaders so it's all this came about because because of this politicized vision and a habit add Developed of examining issues very carefully you know in other words not get to carried away by slogans but trying to see what I what lies behind the slogans and how after one fees of struggle is ended ended the next phase might have to be confronted the dance of the forest is cautionary played that skewered the Nigerian political elite I was actually chosen in a contest to be produced as the official play of the Nigerian independence celebrations he'd already returned into Nigeria by that point anxious to participate in the country's post colonial re-formation back home he became editor of an important African Literary Array magazine and he formed a small guerrilla theatre company to perform a different kind of theater than what he was writing for the stage former needed a small group which could take a theme currency improvised around it and perform in the marketplace the on the lawns in Toronto Civil Service Headquarters outside the House of Assembly any open space as well as in the theater hitting directly at unacceptable conduct events with recognizable mimicking acting recognizable individuals pillorying by government and so on without any ambiguity by nineteen sixty five he was a university professor fesser teaching English and theater and things had begun as he'd predicted to fall apart ballot raking corruption power-mongering where the order the day he described those years in his third memoir as the Panchal Amos Years Than Columbus sum up for me the a political mess into which we got ourselves I expression actually by one of the politicians who's a great populist by the way very fascinating character and the Grand Columbus years I used that expression to describe the the the abortion of our expectations the crude the crudeness which politics the violence the ballot-rigging which carried over even into the House of Assembly the fissures this become quite open blown wide open and so virtually settled into into the politics off Niger itself which for me was sad the sad recognition even though I offer mission of warped our heart predictably to still sad to find it coming to pass so receding constantly was that vision of the entire continent marching down south to liberate South Africa which I thought shoot have been our priority in the first place and and so I got that frustration from the two sides to a station from diminishing of that Continental Vision because I saw Africa has women and then frustration about not being able to write the anomalies within Mount Society Got Kamal Deeper and deeper involved in I dream politics and that's when he was arrested and jailed for the first time during the elections of nineteen sixty fifty four I knew that was GonNa cups sometime or the other well those elections were very violent they could not reach the election successfully sewer and so what they did was to start altering the results they were elections with a lot at stake Nigeria was now one of the world's is largest oil exporters and Britain's still exercised enormous economic control in the country but show Yankee believes it was still more contest asked for power than for the control of resources far is an element in itself which one should never underestimate you dominate others seems to be he kind of animal parts of the human makeup which we haven't worked evolved out of in the midst of the turmoil and the violence exacerbated exacerbated by the growing cultural and regional divisions in the country will lay Cherie Inca learned that the premier of western Nigeria where he lived had decided sided to blatantly ignore the election results and announce his false victory on the radio since you have the support of the federal government something drastic ah to be done and so with some assistance some of my usual collaborators I commands to stop the broadcast substitute my I read prerecorded mountains statement so I when the studio and took the prime minister the PR premise tape off and substitute my own you went away. She a Yankees tape contained his accusations of election malpractice so I was tried all right very nasty charge most charged with armed robbery because apparently this hello this event was supposed to take place with the aid of a gun so cutting people you know come into frame they don't charge on drudgery date cost under a pound or whatever and substitute one anyway so that runs where was the robbery anyway I was trying to quit thank goodness but that was after several months of detention and protests by writers from around the world world that same year show Yinka wrote several new plays including one called Congas harvest which was later made into a movie directed by Ossie Davis in the following year nineteen sixty six with the seeds of election corruption planted and growing there was a coup by the Nigerian military led led largely by officers who were from the Egbo tribe that coup failed and made civil war seem inevitable there were massacres use it all especially against the eagles because the first coup the lead is where I must be able and so- reprisal killings took place and the drums of war begun to sound very very loud the east Eagles who fell there have been really valid because they were hunted down all over the place not just in the north they decided decided to secede by friend Christopher Kibo was able of course we again from the Writers Artists Community Entity who quite close Christopher Akiko was a teacher and a librarian and still considered one of Africa's greatest modern poets. When I was detained into that I'm robbery episode he used to come visit me? Detention was not actually formerly early diagnosis not granted bail that's all as his visit man the police cell where was held police station and would vetus portrait together Mark Ridley he would reach sport loped breeding is on points he wanted you to hear exactly how it sounded suit was very oral musical kind of report was a musician also by the way so that wasn't surprising and so he became quite griped her clothes.