By Joe Dudun

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Longlisted for the 2010 NLNG Literature Prize, Uwale dramatizes the emotional bond between two young lovers, Tosan and Priye, who hail from feuding ethnic groups and lays bare the psychological and physical pains of ecological degradation and economic deprivation. Utilizing imagery and highly symbolic monologues, the play unveils the impact of oil exploration and exploitation on the psyche of the indigenes of the oil producing areas and the ultimate strains that lead to intra and inter- ethnic conflicts as well as the quest for a dignified existence. The play, however, suggests that there must be a meeting point of ideas for there to be peace and progress in society, dramatizing the supremacy of the xylophone of understanding over the drums of war. Noticed an error in this book? Send a mail to to report it

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