A Dance of the Forests

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A Dance of the Forests is one of the most recognized of Wole Soyinka's plays. At the time of its release in 1960, it was an iconoclastic work that angered many of the elites in Soyinka's native Nigeria. Politicians were particularly incensed at Soyinka's portrayal of post-colonial African politics as aimless and corrupt. Despite the deluge of criticism, the play remained an influential work. In it, he espouses a unique vision for a new Africa, one that is able to forge a new identity free from the crushing influence of European imperialism.

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