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By

 

W.  D.  Kamera

and

Nyambura Mpesha

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TERA OF GONELA - A PLAY

The play, which is set in a fictional country called Gonela, opens with a celebration of the overthrow of a dictator who inflicted and maintained a reign of terror in the country.  The citizens feel that at last they have been delivered from the scourge of hunger, insecurity and death.  The dictator Kaliti has been forced out of the land. Hopes of restoring equality in the allocation of the amenities of life are high.

 

The new ruler, Tera, however, turns out into a more vicious dictator, reminiscent of the worst that we have seen in Africa.  Tera becomes life President, and has people=s lives in his hands.  Efforts to conceal the inspirational indebtedness of erstwhile flesh and blood potentates who have strutted the African political stage we admit have hardly succeed.  The play is thus a satire of the likes of Amin and Bokassa.

 

Supernatural and natural intervention become the solution to the problem of dictatorship in Gonela as Tera is haunted by the ghosts of those he killed, and hunted by combined forces of freedom fighters.  For greatest impact this play should be performed on stage in a grand manner of spectacle.  Reading it can be enriching, but its full impact can only be realised when the playtext is visualised on the stage as performance text.

The authors hail from East Africa. W. D. Kamera has held teaching appointments in Literature and Drama in a number of Universities, including Dar es Salaam, Burundi, The City College, New York, and is at present professor at the University of Swaziland. Nyambura Mpesha taught Literature and Drama at Dar es Salaam and is presently Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2005

ISBN: 0-7978-0017-4

NUMBER OF PAGES: 47

PRESENTATION: AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

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