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[[african drums sounds]]
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[[screaming]]
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[[drums, whistling and low flute]]
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The literary corner black writers of the world, a series of analyses and interpretations of black world literature.
Today an introduction to African English drama.

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[[woman's voice]]
Give us money to satisfy our daily necessities, make you not forget those who day struggle daily. Those who beclerk today make them chief clerk tomorrow.

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Those who are messenger today make them senior servants tomorrow.
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Those who are petty traitor today make them big contractor tomorrow.
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Those who day sweep today give them their own office tomorrow.
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If we day walk with today give us our own bicycle tomorrow, and those who have bicycle today they will ride their own car tomorrow.
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[[sound of a flute]]
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[[a man's voice]]
You just heard an excerpt from the plays The trails of brother Jero written by Africa's most noted playwright, Wole Soyinka, of Nigeria in West Africa.
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The trails of brother Jero was first produced in 1960 at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and was one of Soyinka's first successful short plays.
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Since that time Soyinka has written The Lion and the Jewel City, he's written Jero's metamorphosis, a sequel to the Trials of Brother Jero.
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He's written a dance of the forest and several more both short and full-length plays.
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I selected the excerpt from Soyinka's the trials of brother Jero because the excerpt itself and the play and its entirety allow you to get a basic understanding of what has happened in African English drama.
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Keep the excerpt you heard in mind and the excerpt, by the way, happens to be Jero the major character in the trials of brother Jero, he's praying and albeit a a comical and exaggerated, even Ludacris kind of prayer, uhh but keep that excerpt in mind.
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As I go back now and explain how African English drama has developed, like all of the other genres in African English lit
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