At a glance:
- Author: John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo
- First Published: 1961
- Type of Plot: Tragedy; folk
- Time of Work: 1960
- Setting: Deinogbo, Delta Province, Nigeria
- Characters: Zifa, Toná, The masseur, Ebiere, Orukorere, Dode, Neighbors
- Genres: Drama, Mythological literature, Tragedy, Folk drama
- Subjects: 1950's, Africa or Africans, Tradition, Suicide, Religion, Adultery, Folklore, Nigeria or Nigerians
- Locales: Africa, Nigeria, Deinogbo, Nigeria, Delta Province, Nigeria
John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo’s first drama, Song of a Goat, is a one-act play with four scenes. The play contains a ritual sacrifice of a goat at its climax, which echoes the early Old Testament as well as classical Greek dramas in that it shares with them a blood ritualism. The play is akin to a classical tragedy; its language is often in parable and riddle form and its characters, although common people, are depicted with dignity.
The setting is Delta Province, Nigeria, in a small village where the hero, Zifa, a man of property, is cursed by...
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