The Beatification of Area Boy: A Lagosian Kaleidoscope

October 9 – 13, 1996

Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Featuring an eclectic cast of characters who burst spontaneously into song and dance, The Beatification of Area Boy is an unsentimental, often humorous, celebration of the people of Lagos, Nigeria. Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka tells the story of Sanda, a young security guard who runs the neighborhood protection racket, so-called "area boys," at an upscale shopping center. With casual charm and a winning smile, Sanda supervises their activities and is even liked by his unsuspecting victims. In Area Boy, Soyinka, now living in exile, exposes post oil boom Lagos, a city in conflict  where nothing stays the same.
Identifier 1996f.00596