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The Barn

Roselyne M. Jua

Publication Year: 2008

As a veteran playwright and actor, Kwo Victor Elame Musinga is more than just a pioneer in popular theatre. His simple but profound messages demonstrate a depth of understanding and insight into human nature and the nature of society. The texts he crafts are universal and timeless in their content and appeal, even as the themes and situations that inspire them are localized in specific places, experiences and histories. The Barn is a collection of three topical plays. Njema captures the predicament of love in a context where innocence and trust are preyed upon by deceit, dishonesty, promiscuity, waywardness, callous indifference to human life, the reckless abandon of parental authority and wisdom by youth in a hurry to celebrate sexuality, irresponsible manhood with or without the connivance of girls/women, and HIV/AIDS and its terror. Invitation to God addresses elitism and fair-weather friendship even among believers. In Moka, the theme of friendship is explored through the simple act of dishonesty and greed, especially to those with whom one should be nothing but virtuous, open, generous and kind. In these plays Kwo Victor Elame Musinga explores the virtues of being human, while addressing the dark side of humanity.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Introduction

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pp. vi-

It is my immense pleasure to write a brief introduction to Njema, An Invitation to God and Moka, three plays from the rich barn of the consummate and well respected veteran playwright and actor, Kwo Victor Elame Musinga. My first encounter with Musinga was in 1975 when his Musinga Drama group visited...

Njema

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Foreword

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pp. 2-

Everybody who is literate can read but not everybody who is literate can write, and attempt to write well too. More so, if it concerns one of these commonly talked about things - Love, Abortion. These often attract lots of criticisms as everyone who reads...

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Author’s Introduction

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pp. 3-

Njema, the protagonist, is impregnated by her lover Aka, but he bluntly denies responsibility. She becomes worried and perplexed. Nevertheless, she confides in two girlfriends and asks for advice. Failing to trick an innocent admirer, Vicky, to accept...

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

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pp. 4-5

SCENE 1

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pp. 6-7

SCENE 2

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pp. 8-10

SCENE 3

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pp. 11-14

SCENE 4

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pp. 15-18

SCENE 5

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pp. 19-22

SCENE 6

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pp. 23-25

SCENE 7

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pp. 26-30

An Invitation to God

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Introduction

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pp. 32-

Exhausted and disappointed on the 79th successive day at his failure to get the Almighty God to accept his invitation to dine with him here on earth Mandi castigates, lambastes and condemns God's unconcerned attitude towards his demand. He levies charges...

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

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pp. 33-

SCENE l

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pp. 34-35

SCENE 2

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pp. 36-37

SCENE 3

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pp. 38-42

Moka

Introduction

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pp. 44-

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

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pp. 45-

AT LADY OJOKO'S RESIDENCE

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pp. 46-49

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956716579
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558971

Page Count: 60
Publication Year: 2008