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The Lion and the Jewel: Introduction
The Lion and the Jewel: Plot Summary
The Lion and the Jewel: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Lion and the Jewel: Themes
The Lion and the Jewel: Quotes
The Lion and the Jewel: Characters
The Lion and the Jewel: Symbols
The Lion and the Jewel: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Wole Soyinka
Historical Context of The Lion and the Jewel
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- Full Title: The Lion and the Jewel
- When Written: 1959
- Where Written: Leeds, England
- When Published: While the play was first performed in 1959, the script wasn't published until 1962.
- Literary Period: Postcolonial African Diaspora
- Genre: Drama, Comedy
- Setting: Ilujunle, a rural Nigerian village in the late 1950s
- Climax: When Sidi reveals that Baroka raped her
- Antagonist: Baroka; rapid modernization
Extra Credit for The Lion and the Jewel
Bringing Fame to Nigeria. In 1986, Wole Soyinka was the first black African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Political Activism in the USA. After the 2016 United States presidential election, Soyinka kept a promise he made during a question-and-answer session at Oxford University to destroy his US green card if Mr. Trump won the presidency. Soyinka told a reporter at The Atlantic that he'd rather "go in the queue for a regular visa with the others."