ISBN 9789783325982
Pages 200
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2006
Publisher Opon Ifa Readers, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Kolera Kolej

A Novel & The Play of Kolera Kolej

by Femi Osofisan

Kolera Kolej was Femi Osofisan’s first novel, published in 1975. The novel was quickly adapted as a play by the author with Dexter Lyndersay, the then Artistic Director of the Unibadan Performing Arts Company and earliest director of the play.

The setting for the action of the novel/play is the life over four years of an African university college campus, which has been granted independence from its mother country due to the outbreak of an otherwise uncontrollable cholera epidemic.

The stage version has enjoyed tremendous success both within and outside Nigeria, and the prose and stage texts, long out of print, are here newly reissued in a combined volume.


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Review

Kolera Kolej is a satirical novel which presents the comedy of politics in a style that is brilliantly funny and reveals a penetrating insight into the human weaknesses that too often affect the conduct of public affairs. Underlying the satire however is a critical examination of African politics, a deeply serious concern of the state of the political and social condition of collective life on the continent.’

Abiola Irele
About the Author

Femi Osofisan

Femi Osofisan is a prolific Nigerian critic, poet, novelist, and playwright whose work attacks political corruption and injustice, was born in Erunwon village in the old Western Region of Nigeria and educated at the universities of Ibadan, Dakar, and Paris; he is a professor of drama at the University of Ibadan. Among the literary awards and commendations he has won are prizes from the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) for both drama (1980) and poetry (1989) and in 2004 he was awarded the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), the highest academic prize in that country.

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