Oduduwa, King of the Edos is a play which explores the true identity of an ancient African King who was believed amongst numerous competing historical accounts to have come down from the heavens (skies) to found the present day Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria. It attempts to draw congruence between mythical accounts of his origin which are found in the oral traditions of the Edos of present day Mid-Western Nigeria, those of the Yorubas of Ile-Ife in particular, and Western Nigeria in general, while imagining an explanation as to the divergence in their accounts. It seeks to answer the questions: was Oduduwa a god that ruled men, the fi-rst creation of the supreme God, an exiled Edo prince or was he a mere mortal whose leadership qualities became legendary and thus exalted him to the status of the progenitor of the Yorubas? Set in the kingdoms of Igodomigodo and Ile-Ife, it journeys across time into the more recent pre-colonial Benin city and Ile-Ife, while using well rounded characters, loftily crafted language, deep cultural mores, scintillating music, dance, fast paced action and intrigue in bringing to life a captivating period in the history of the Yorubas and Edos.

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17 Jan 2017
The book is written as a stage play that weaves myths and historical recollections of places and events to create this work of fiction. The play opens at the kingdom of Igodomigodo, which is intended as the ancient name of the modern Edo kingdom. The ...

The Nation

19 Oct 2014
The heated controversies surrounding the ancestry of Oduduwa and the Bini-Yoruba divergent postures may have derived a realistic panacea in the fictive amassing of Jude Idada. It’s been said afterall, that what every human owes the universe is eith ...

Nigerians Talk

21 Jun 2014
Jude Idada’s epic play challenge readers to reconsider history. It pries out lessons of good leadership, governance, social and moral values from narratives. It also urges us to interrogate history, and to disseminate historic stories and its value ...

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