letter from lagos

I remember the night in the 1980s we drove our car through the Nairobi traffic on our way to the German Cultural Center. The Center is still called ‘Goethe-Institut Kenya’. Goethe was the famous German writer, so this center is aptly named.

We heard about a play to be staged there. I first came to know the author when I worked in Nigeria, I had read some of his works and one of his works would be staged at the center. The writer of the play was Wole Soyinka and the play was about a christian preacher on the fringes of christianity. Brother Jero, the preacher, is immortalized in “The trials of brother Jero”.

This play is mentioned in the following article by the Nigerian/American writer Teju Cole. The article dates from August 15, 2013, but it is good to read it, now with the 80th birthday of Wole Soyinka just passed by.


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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