Last updated: 26 august, 2010 - 14:27 GMT

African Performance 2010: The Cow Needs A Wife by Angella Emurwon

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The Cow Needs a Wife demonstrates a real knack for writing comedy and was inspired by a true story.

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It is about a young man who gets his family together to raise money to buy cows so he can pay 'bride price'.

Almost immediately after buying his cows, the prospective bride refused to marry him.

His family insist he find a replacement bride because he cannot not have the cows without a bride.

When Angella Emurwon first heard this - it seemed to her as if it was the cows that needed a wife - and with that the play was born.

More on the third place winner

Angella Emurwon

Wole Soyinka chuckled all the way through Angella's play

Angella Emurwon lives in Kampala, Uganda and currently works part-time as a communication officer for a child-based NGO.

A Jill of many trades, she is particularly drawn to the performing arts with a love for the written word for as long as she can remember.

"Often in our part of the world, the solution to a problem overtakes the original and becomes an even bigger problem," says Angella.

"When poverty, wilful abandonment of common sense and a lack of collective accountability are added to the mix, you can’t help but have a sense of humour," she added.

This is Angella's second attempt at writing a radio play, and she was thrilled and delighted to have won third place - especially with the legendary Wole Soyinka judging the competition.

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