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Document of Identity

Wole Soyinka's semi-autobiographical drama, set during the regime of Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha and focusing on the plight of political asylum seekers in London.

Document of Identity
by Wole Soyinka

The second play celebrating Nobel Prize winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka's 80th birthday. This is a semi-autobiographical account of events that took place under the brutal regime of Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha. Based on the experience of Soyinka's daughter, an academic forced to flee Nigeria by the threats against her father's family. Whilst in london, en route to the US, she gives birth prematurely only to find the newborn trapped in a stateless limbo. The British authorities say they are unable to issue the newborn with a visa and therefore the family cannot join Soyinka in the US.

First broadcast in 1999.

1 hour, 40 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 Jul 2014 22:15


Role Contributor
Writer Wole Soyinka
Aigbo Ediale Paterson Joseph
Suulola Ediale Rakie Ayola
Talese Ediale Oluwawemimo Oleyana
Razaq Baniye Anthony Ofoegbu
Kiisu Claire Benedict
Professor Saliu Patrice Naiambana
Oseoba Ediale Ehizogie Odigie
Mrs Bursley Brigit Forsyth
Mr Brecross Ron Berglas
Doctor Martin Reeve
Composer Juwon Ogungbe
Director Pauline Harris
Producer Pauline Harris


  • Sun 20 Jul 2014 22:15

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