Country: Nigeria, USA
Year: 1970
Duration: 94'

In the State of Isma, two men are fighting for power. King Danlola, the traditional ruler, and Kongi, the dictator, who imprisons the king and terrorizes the population with the help of his army. Kongi's real ambition is that of presiding over the Festival of the New Yam, a spiritual privilege of the king, but the latter prefers to stay in prison rather than give up the last bastion of his power. A third man, the idealist Daodu, who is at the head of a group of young dissidents, opposes the traditional political system on the one hand and the ferocious modern dictatorship on the other. But when Kongi is on the verge of obtaining the yam, the army rebels and the soldiers take the power into their hands. The film is based on a play by Wole Soyinka, who also appears in the film as Kongi. In an advertisement which appeared at the time of the film in the "New York Times", Soyinka dissociated himself from the film and denounced the major changes that had been made to his screenplay.


film director

Ossie Davis


& Credits

Director: Ossie Davis.
Screenplay: Wole Soyinka.
Cast: Wole Soyinka, Wale Ogunyemi, Femi Robinson, Orlando Martins, Dapo Adelugba, Rashidi Onikoyi.
Production company: Francis Oladele - Calpenny Nigeria Films Ltd / Herald Productions / Omega Films.