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Funeral of the Minstrel


Nnorom Azuonye







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poems for a liminal age working coverBorn in the Republic of Biafra on October 1, 1960, poet, playwright and actor Dr Esiaba Irobi, the Minstrel, lived in exile in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States and Germany where he is said to have died, in Berlin, on the 3rd of May, 2010. It is his funeral. The Minstrel, however, as the funeral guests discover, is not the kind of guy that sleeps silently in a box. Esiaba Irobi is Esiaba Irobi.

ISBN 978-0-9927055-1-0

62 Pages

Publisher: SPM Publications (October 1, 2015)


“Nnorom Azuonye has written a remarkable play that allows Esiaba Irobi's charismatic electricity to crackle from beyond the veil…capturing his speech, his brawling irreverence, diamond sharp intelligence and ability to lob the most un-p.c. hand grenades filled with intellectual explosives from the most unexpected of angles... This is a play that must be seen.”

                     - Andy Willoughby

                     Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Teesside University.


“…How do you mourn an avatar? Tears are never enough. After the songs and dirges, the ache remains... Esiaba Irobi was such an avatar. He came, shone, glittered for a brief incandescent moment, and then was gone...In this short play which Nnorom Azuonye has structured as a rite of mourning enacted by Esiaba’s peers and former students, he invokes the late writer’s anger and irreverence, his crusade against corruption and mediocre leadership, as well as his irrepressible love of grandiloquence. ...Nnorom shows that, always underlying Esiaba’s creative passion was a profound humaneness, and a sublime vision of perfection and loveliness...every time the play is performed, Esiaba himself, the ‘rambunctious songmaster’ and ‘intellectual terrorist’...will probably rise, as the play envisages, and join in the dance.”

             - FEMI OSOFISAN

Author of The Oriki of a Grasshopper & Other Plays.

Front cover design by Olu Oguibe

Cover Image: Olu Oguibe 'Untitled' 2010

Olu Oguibe is Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut  and Associate Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the same university.

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Poems for a Liminal Age


October 1, 2015 - Publication date




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