Document Of Identity



First broadcast in 1999 as a Sunday Play, the 2014 repeat was in the Drama On 3 slot.


Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka's play, commissioned by Radio 3 and BBC Radio Drama, Manchester, is an autobiographical account of events that took place in 1997 under the brutal regime of former Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha. Focusing on the author's daughter and son-in-law, it highlights the plight of refugees seeking political asylum. The action begins in Nigeria and continues in London. Cast: Paterson Joseph, Rakie Ayola, Oluwawemimo Oyelana, Ehizogie Odigie, Patrice Naiambana, Anthony Ofoegbu, Claire Benedict, Ron Berglas, Brigit Forsyth, Martin Reeve, Israel Aduramo. Director: Pauline Harris

Document of Identity

by Wole Soyinka

The second play celebrating Nobel Prize winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka's 80th birthday. This is a semi-autobiographical account of events that took place under the brutal regime of Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha. Based on the experience of Soyinka's daughter, an academic forced to flee Nigeria by the threats against her father's family. Whilst in london, en route to the US, she gives birth prematurely only to find the newborn trapped in a stateless limbo. The British authorities say they are unable to issue the newborn with a visa and therefore the family cannot join Soyinka in the US.

First broadcast in 1999.