Genre: Fiction


Obito is about the unconfirmed death of a Benin King and it’s cover-up, the uncertainty of its validity amongst the towns citizens and its chiefs. The role of the media and the tradition.

Based on a recent African story, the play dramatises how rumours of a king’s death inspire a conspiracy between modern media and technology to expose the lies of tradition.

About the Author

Sam Omatseye is a columnist, poet, playwright, essayist and novelist. He is one of Nigeria’s leading journalists and writes an influential, sometimes controversial, column in one Nigeria’s top newspapers, The Nation, where he is chairman of the editorial board.

Sam Omatseye has published two novels, Crocodile Girl and My Name is Okoro. He has also published five volumes of poetry, Mandela’s Bones and Other Poems, Dear Baby Ramatu, Lion Wind and Other Poems, scented Offal and Tribe and Prejudice. His plays include The Siege and Obito.