Izugbe Nude Festival: Izugbe Nude Dance (Paperback)
This play highlight the gender conflicts in a typical African community (Oziba Land) where the male folks are allotted with supreme power over their female counterparts. It further explores how the influences of religion and western civilization tend to pose a severe threat to these age-long believe system. The church in particular carried out a vigorous campaign against some of the fetish practices of the community chiefly amongst which was the campaign against the annual festival where females are required to dance completely nude. The village elders also launched a spirited attempt to resist this threat by exposing the loopholes in Christian religion and western culture in Africa communities. My people The trajectories of our village today is taking a dramatic twist; the events in our time is not only befuddling but perplexing unbecoming. Our women have usurp the role of men in this community such that they obey the dictates of their church leaders' way above that of their husbands and tradition. We recently declared a feast but the women boycotted it on the directives of their churches thereby rubbishing our age long tradition and customs bestowed onto us by our ancestors. .... so what shall we do? "A viper crushed beneath your foot but left alive will rear up and bite you a double dose of venom. An enemy that is left around is like a half dead viper that you nurse back to health. Time makes the venom grow stronger". The only enemy we have in this village is the church. We had an opportunity to have dealt with them decisively last time but we played it down; today they have succeeded in truncating our festival and turned our people against us. "They call our festival fetish because of public nude dance by our young ladies but they failed to address the daily public nude displays of our ladies hinged on modern fashion". What must we do? "You don't waste precious time trying to steal a sheep upon the dogs that guard the flock. Aim at the shepherd, lure him away and the dogs will follow. Strike him down and the flock will scatter; then you can pick them one by one" 'Please explain' It is simple, let us burn down the churches and banish their leaders out of our village, then the followers will become sheep without shepherd. Oh no Momodu Violence only begets violence. We will disagree to agree but never to disintegrate; I subscribe to amicable dispute resolution. The truth can be delayed but can't be concealed forever. It's obvious that women are the spring bone of the society, a reality the society itself has failed to appropriately acknowledge.