Wole Soyinka: Requiem for a Futurologist

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  • Craig McLuckie

The only problem which we all face is one which besets not only writers but citizens in Nigeria: the problem of our unbelievable and unacceptable socio-political situation, which gets more and more reactionary and inhuman with every succeeding regime. (Soyinka, in Wilkinson 91)

Requiem for a Futurologist is Wole Soyinka’s use of the stage farce as provocative witnessing. It makes the audience painfully aware that chaos (penkelemes: “peculiar mess”) governs, that one slip can bring this society down. The ‘hero’ is a trickster figure (like Jero in The Trials of Brother Jero and Jero’s Metamorphosis) who delights in his ability to turn a material profit,…

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McLuckie, Craig. "Requiem for a Futurologist". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 February 2004
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