Colonial District Officer Simon Pilkings and his protege, Olunde, whose medical training in England Pilkings arranged, clash over Pilkings' determination to interfere with Olunde's father's ritual suicide, traditionally required of a dead king's chief horseman.
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Wole Soyinka had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. “Death and the King’s Horseman” is said to be the Wole Soyinka’s greatest and most enduring work. The play has been staged worldwide. It has been included in the course of studies at several schools and colleges. The play is frequently performed at several schools and colleges around the world. It is said that Wole Soyinka had started writing the play when he was a fellow at Cambridge in the early 1970s. The events described in the play had really taken place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946. Ready Reference Treatise: Death and the King's Horseman Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Act One Act Two Act Three Act Four Act Five Chapter Five: Critical Analysis
In songs, dance and drama the fame of the Yoruba of Nigeria is firmly established and universally acknowledged. Also an established writing and literary tradition, the Yoruba have asserted themselves as a dominant force in the world of creativity. Such stars are represented here, as in the works of Wole Soyinka and Zulu Sofola. The future of language in the making of new idioms and dictionaries is also examined in an attempt to position the Yoruba and their cultures in the ever-changing world of cultural inventions.