Another Excerpt from My Published Play Kings and Thrones

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Here is another excerpt from my play Kings and Thrones. You really should read it.

V

King Elegbede is sitting on his throne in a pensive mood. He starts speaking as soon as Adesewa enters.

King Elegbede: Adesewa, what do you think you have done.

Adesewa: I brought the king’s adultery back home to him. And would my husband please not raise his voice when he speaks to me, I am not one of his sycophant chiefs.

King Elegbede: You consider such a thing as moving a strange woman into my palace a small thing?

Adesewa: Kabiyesi!

King Elegbede: Do not call me that.

Adesewa: Why not?

King Elegbede: Because you only mock me, you mock the kingship with it.

Adesewa: This kingship takes away the part of you that makes sense and leaves you groping in the darkness you created.

King Elegbede: So you moved a strange woman into my palace.

Adesewa: You have barely disentangled from the warmth of her breast. This strange woman, does the baby in her womb resemble anyone here?

King Elegbede: How you try my patience.

Adesewa: I have received the punishment for that offence. I have in fact paid for future sins. Who else knew you were sneaking into a woman’s house at night?

King Elegbede: Why do you ask me such a thing?

Adesewa: So I will know where not to look when I walk the streets.

King Elegbede: Adesewa do not let me lose my temper.

Adesewa: Not just a woman, one with child already. Of all the choices available to you!

King Elegbede: Adesewa, my patience has run out.

Adesewa: Which of your aides recommended her?

King Elegbede: Adesewa, I will not warn you again.

Adesewa: Adesewa this, Adesewa that. Threats I wish you would carry out. Very well then, why did you send for me?

King Elegbede: That woman will have to leave the palace.

Adesewa: You know she is going nowhere but you just want to hear your own voice. You need to learn to respect women.

King Elegbede: Why is this woman’s plight such a strong concern of yours?

Adesewa: That’s the point. You cannot see.

King Elegbede: Will the seer please enlighten my unseeing eyes?

Adesewa: One look at the woman, you will see that her son will be born first and that makes him the heir. My son is not going to be your heir, is he?

King Elegbede: I have not thought of that.

Adesewa: Because they say ‘the king shall live forever’ when they greet you, you are beginning to lay claim to immortality? Now you put off important things. Anyway, according to your sacred custom, the first-born son is the heir. What is wrong in the heir growing up in the palace?

King Elegbede: There are too many complications in this matter.

Adesewa: Now you see it. You should have thought of it before flaunting your royal wand on the streets in magnanimity to women with a child each.

King Elegbede: Why do you hate me this much?

Adesewa: I will come to hate you properly if you do not put this house in order and my son is exposed to any danger. Adedotun, brace up. You lit this fire. Tradition will be no use now. Tradition will not put out this fire while you sleep.

King Elegbede: What would the chiefs say?

Adesewa: That reminds me. Keep your chiefs away from me. You have all polluted the air so enjoy the putrid smell.

King Elegbede: Adesewa!

Adesewa: Adedotun!

1 Comment

  1. Lara said,

    Hmmmnn…. times when a woman needs to put her foot down and lovingly set her man straight

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