Embers is a drama of metaphors, that focuses on life in one of the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camps in Northern Nigeria. The characters gave testimonies of their experience in Sambisa Forest, and what their live was reduced to, at the IDP Camp.
…The governor is coming, and we have prepared another dance for him. He will get on the news to announce all the things he has donated to the camp. The foreign aid team would also come with their own supplies. They will take pictures with us and with all the things that has been donated to the camp in the background. The newspaper will show our pictures smiling but then the store is always empty because the foods, water, drugs and even the mosquito nets disappear immediately their pictures have been taken. The question now is “ who took them?”.
About the Writer
Soji Cole is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan. He won the 2018 Nigeria Prize for Literature instituted by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited.
Cole has been shortlisted for Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and BBC World Playwriting Competition. He won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Writing in 2014 and The International Federation for Theater Research New Scholar Prize in 2013.
He has authored My Little Stream, Ghost, Bambo Bambo, Maybe Tomorrow, War Zone and Ember.