Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
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Note on the Play
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Leopard Watch, like its precursor, Rock of God, provides us a remarkable window into the underlying rational behind a people’s naming culture. This naming culture is what I will briefly attempt to explain. ...
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ACT ONE - Scene One
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(Palace in grass field Cameroon: Fon sits in his throne snoring and drooling intensely. Tawong is by his side. As Yewong walks in, Tawong moves closer to receive her. They start commenting in hushed tones.) ...
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(Grove with shrubby grass cover; raffia palm in the background and an aged fig tree dominate scene: Two stools stand across from each other. A fresh banana leaf is laid a little away and between the two stools; a number of cowries, short horn, oil calabash and salt are placed on the leaf. Ngarum is not on seat. ...
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(Break of day: Whistling winds, early morning cockcrows and cackling of fowls suggest the presence of a predator. Distant wailings come across in the wind. An exhausted Gwei leans on a pole in front of his house, spear in hand and scabbard slung over the shoulder. ...
ACT TWO - Scene One
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(Sunny and comfortably breezy day: Corn beer shed in the market. Kibong, a middle aged lady is sitting at the door. A big pot from which she serves corn beer into bowls, stands at the back corner. Very clean calabash bowls are neatly packed face-down on a bamboo bench along the wall. ...
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(Moonlit night: Gwei sings along the road, shouting greetings to all those with houses by the road-side as he treks by. From time to time, the eyes of an animal flash quickly by as it crosses the road. Gwei sounds a little tipsy, but sure of foot)...
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(Kavi: day after Kifeh market day. Rainy season morning; bright and sunny on the green grass cover. Two women are about to leave the house when a Nwerong masquerade approaches, pulling along a bamboo pole. It stops, scans the surroundings from left to right, puts hand over forehead for a piercing look into the house and then proceeds. ...
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(Banks of the Kiléy Báh River: Manjong is in full gear dancing and singing. On the foreground is a flat rock on which lies Gwei on one side and a shattered Leopard on another side. Manjong medicine experts are trying to revive Gwei. Gwei starts waking up as drumming and singing rise to a sudden high. ...
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Publication Year: 2011