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Professor

Professor runs a truck stop/auto-parts store and operates a business making forged driver’s licenses. A devoutly religious man who constantly seeks the divine Word, his unorthodox views clash with the hierarchy of his neighborhood church; his expulsion made him bitterly resentful. When a religious ritual for the ancestors turns violent, Say Tokyo Kid stabs and kills him.

Kotonu

Kotonu is an informal taxi driver who narrowly escapes death in an accident in which a truck plunges through a rotten wooden bridge; its passengers perish in the wreck. The near-miss causes him to reconsider his career. After he runs over an ancestral mask during a public ceremony for Ogun, he assumes the Ogun dancer’s costume.

Samson

Samson, Kotonu’s conductor or “tout,” paid his license fees. After Kotonu decides to quit driving, Samson works unsuccessfully with Professor to sell his license.

Say Tokyo Kid

Say Tokyo Kid is a truck driver who heads an association of out-of-work drivers that sometimes provides support for politicians. He prefers driving loads of timber and disdains those who drive passengers. Say Tokyo Kid gets drunk at the Ogun festival, challenges the egungun mask, and then stabs Professor. In turn, the egungun kills him.

Chief-in-Town

Chief-in-Town is the local politician who hires Say Tokyo’s men for his rally.

Salubi

Salubi, a driver-in-training, is struggle to find money to acquire the license he needs to become employed as a driver. He and Professor become accomplices in taking over Kotonu’s license when he quits. Salubi steals Kotonu’s uniform, while Professor agrees to put his name on a forged version of Kotonu’s license. In the Ogun festival melee, Salubi provides Say Tokyo Kid with the knife that he then uses to stab Professor.

Particulars Joe

Particulars Joe is a corrupt policeman who extorts money from the Professor to not turn him in for running the forgery business. After the Ogun festival, he appears to investigate the theft of a mask.

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