The Jero plays by wole soyinka

The Jero Plays

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Author: Wole Soyinka

In the twin plays "The Trials of Brother Jero" and "Jero's Metamorphosis," Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka offers a scathing yet hilariously pointed critique of Nigerian society through the lens of its religious institutions. These two plays, infused with Soyinka's trademark wit and satirical edge, delve into the life and times of Brother Jero, a self-proclaimed, charismatic preacher whose story is a microcosm of the larger societal corruption and moral decadence.

Plot and Themes:

  • The Trials of Brother Jero: This play introduces us to Brother Jero, a cunning and manipulative preacher who uses his religious platform for personal gain. The play unfolds as a comedic yet insightful exploration of Jero's antics and the gullibility of his followers.
  • Jero's Metamorphosis: The sequel sees Brother Jero ascending to greater heights of influence and power, only to face a fall. This play takes a darker yet still humorous turn, examining the consequences of Brother Jero's actions and the societal complicity in his rise and fall.


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