ONE KINGDOM ONE MONARCH BY OMO UWAIFO
“Omo Uwaifo has completed a set of plays that mirror the life and times of some of the makers of the history of the Edo people. The plays focus on the social and political factors and actors that have shaped and continue to shape the image of the Edo people.
The theme of a play like “One Kingdom One Monarch” – the uncharacteristic difficulty in subduing a presumptuous, even defiant subject – is significant because [Uwaifo] places emphasis on the internal pressures and tensions that mark the beginning of the Empire’s decline.
Popular Edo theatre seems to favour music and dance and rhetoric above the mainly conversational mode of contemporary stage theatre. Uwaifo’s collection is a contribution to the development of Edo stage theatre.”