ISBN 9789966463609
Pages 80
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 1976
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Betrayal in the City

by Francis D. Imbuga

First published in 1976, this play from one of Africa's foremost dramatists is in the classic cannon. It is an incisive examination of the problems of independence and freedom in post-colonial Africa states, where few believe they have a stake in the future. In the words of one of the characters: "It was better while we waited. Now we have nothing to look forward to. We have killed our past and are busy killing our future". 

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About the Author

Francis D. Imbuga

Born in 1947 – a decade after literary pioneers such as Grace Ogot, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Okot p’Bitek and Taban lo Liyong – Imbuga was a leading member of what might be termed a “second generation” of East African writers. He came of age at a time when East African literature was forging a tentative early identity, and he participated in the exciting and innovative process of developing and extending that identity. Although he is most widely known for his work as a playwright and actor, Imbuga’s prodigious creative energies also encompassed other genres such as poetry, narrative, television and film, in addition to his work as a teacher, scholar, and university administrator. He was recipient of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences Distinguished Professional Award in Play Writing.

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