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SLIUCE IN THE ROMANCE
(A DRAMA FROM I1EST AFRICA)
BY THOMAS IGUH
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BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR:
1. The Tragedy of love.
S2. Agnes -the faithful love.t
3. The prize of love.
4. The unfortunate lover.
This play is dedicated to my most affectionate
parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Iguh whose helps to
me cannot be enumerated.
This play "Alice in the Romance of love" is our ima-
ginary story produced to champion the course of our
young girls who suffer or are still to suffer from the
scourge of forced marriage.
Alice was engaged to Martins but when later she met
t, he 'man she loved-Fidelis, she decided to break faith
\.ith her parents and Martins. When she did this, there
came a staunch opposition from her parents who did all
they could to make her marry Martins fromwhom they
had taken some money.
What happened next? They played an expensive game
on her and Alice replied when the time came as would
a true lover.
It is my hope that this play of mine with all itsn mis-
:.-k.*s will help in educating some of our parents who still
adhere to the old order.
Finally, may I say that all the names used in this play
Share imaginary ones and have nothing t6 do with any
Alice and Fidelis
The town chief.
S SCENE 1
THE ROMANCE OF LOVE (IN ALICE'S ROOM).
ALICE: Why is this world wicked and -wonderfuP
Why should papa force me to wed Martins? No it can't be
done, I must have to speak my mind on the controversail
issue. What shall I do? Shall I take poison or do I co-
mmit suicide? (She hangs her head down and starts crying).
CAROLINE: What is the matter with you Alice? Did
anybody flog you? Talk to me Alice. for I am Caroline.
ALICE: Nothing is rong except.for the fact that I am
cogitating over my life.
CAROLINE: Something must have caused it, for one
doesn't employ himself or herself in doing that type of
thing without a cause.
ALICE: I shall tell you but not now. Infact I am
regretting over something.
CAROLINE: What is it or don't you want .to tell me?
ALICE: Listen, I am at cross roads with my parents but
I don't know how to tell it to them.
CAROLINE: You are not yet plain Alice, is it the thbu-
ght of Martins that worries you?
ALICE: Well not quite so, but I am afraiA if I tell
you, you will carry it to those concerned.' "
CAROLINE: No, that is not with me Alice, I'll never do it.
ALICE: Well the trouble is that arrangements are almost
completed for my marriage with Martins, but I have
ever since last week begun to think twice 'over it.
I loved him but somebody I love more has come my
way hence I decided -to disappoint him.
CAROLINE: To disappoint him? 'Oh I wonder how
sad he will be if he hears of this. But he has paid some
money to your parents, am I correct?
ALICE: Yes he has paid the sum of one hundred and
fifty pounds to him but that doesn't matter. I love him
CAROLINE: Have you told your parents this?
ALICE: That is what troubles me, I just don't know,
how to tell them because I know my dad won't be very
happy when he hears it.
CAROLINE: But who is the boy you said you met?;
Is he prepared to have you as a wife?
ALICE: He is Fidelis, a young clerk in the Ministry of
town planning. 1 am sure we shall eventually come to be
CAROLINE: Is Fidelis not the Awka boy with whose
family yours have been engaged in a series of court actions
over.a piece of land?
ALICE: Yes he is, but,that has got nothing to do with
our love affairs, for it will rather bring the two waring
CAROLINE: Yes I know your marrying Fidelis will
help to settle the aged long dispute but what do you
think your father's opinion will be?
ALICE: That doesn't matter too, for under no compul-
sion can they force me to marry somebody I don't love.
Let me tell you now in bold words, Fidelis is the boy
I must marry.
CAROLINE: I am not 'against your marrying him in
principle, but what puzzles me is how your parents will
react when it comes to their hearing.
ALICE: -Never mind about, that.
CAROLINE: Look out Alice, who is that man looking
in through the window? (Alice' looks out).
ALICE: Who are you?
FIDELIS: I am Fidelis.
ALICE: What brought you here by this hour-of the night?
FIDELI S. Love brought me here sweet Alice.
ALICE: Are you not afraid darling; don't you know
my dad. will shoot you if he gets you there by now?
FIDELIS: I shall be the happiest man if only I can
die for you; for in love we don't know of death.
SALICE: Who-showed you the way to this place Fidelis?
FIDELIS: Love showed me the way. Oh darling I wish
my hands were that on which those sweet delicate cheeks
lay, again that those frames on which rest those cool
protruding soft balls on your chest were my body.
Sweet heart if only you love me as I love you, give
me that right hand of yours to kiss as an amble of sincerity.
(Atsthis stage Alice stands up and meets him at the
window when she gives him her hand to kiss).
ALICE: I am mad over you Fidelis but you don't know.
Come in through the door and have a seat.
ALICE: Well Caro, this is the lad we were just talking
.of and he is Fidelis And Fidelis here you meet Caro.
FIDELIS: Lovely I'm pleased to meet you.
CAROLINE: So too is it with me.
ALICE: Well Fidelis, it's with. sorrow that I'm telling
you now that I ,ill wed Mr. Martins on coming Surid:,.
FIDELIS: Who is Martins? Oh no, don't repeat that
again except you want to kill me. ,
ALICE:' But do you know me properly?
FIDELTS: I only know yo'i as Alice and an Ibo girl too.
*CAROLINE: Apart from that, you don't know anything
.of her again?
FIDELIS*" I don't, but what are these questions! for?
ALICE: Not at all but I only-want to tell vou that
I 'Mr Okove with L\hom your father has been quarrelling
,over a piece of rand is my father.
FIDELTS- Are vo serious?. What then shall we do2
.CAROLINE: Will.your father like to see you married
FIDELTS: Naturally he wouldn't like it, but I am Drepiied
to foot the risk. Oh darling, so because of the land d.;-
pute which we only inherited, you ,will no longer love me"
'Why is this world full of greed and envy? Sweet heart,
'I'm dead if you cease to love me. (He cries).
ALICE: Clean' those sweet tears out of your eyes Fidelis,
for I have -ot ceased to love you. (She wipes his face
with a handkerchief). Now for your sake I shall d;sappo-
int 'Martins. But how do we marry that our parents
might -not know?
FIDELIS: 'But has your dad known that you, are in
love mith me?
ALICE: He hasn't.
CAROLINE: Do Alice,. I beg to leave that you may
:be at liberty to discuss elaborately as is typical of lovers.
ALICE: Alright. But make sure you don't tell anybody
all I've told you.
FIDELIS: Listen you must tell your parents you will
no longer marry Martins and then from there, you'll
gather what their reactions will be to our marriage.
ALICE: I'll.do so but come up and let's have a kiss
for you are the, boy I'm destined to marry.
(They kiss themselves for a long time).
FIDELIS: You are really a sweet chatty. Infact I have
never had a sweeter moment.in my life.
ALICE" Oh I wish we can stay on together as we are
now; for I shall start to dream of you the very moment
you leave me here.
FIDELIS: .But am I sure this old dispute between our
respective families which was hatched out o6f greed by
Smv stupid father will have nothing to do wvith our o1ve?
ALICE: Not at all., It must never have any thing to
do with it.
FIDELIS: I think I should be going by now for it is
SALICE: What do you go with, should in case you hit those
legs of yours against a stone?
FIDELIS: I can't, for as love showed mr the way to
your house, so also will it take me safely to my house.
ALICE: It is alright; good night.
ALICE: Come back darling for I can't afford to let,
you go without a kiss; (she kisses him again).
FIDELIS: Sweet heart I shall be here \again to see you
ALICE: Is tomorrow not too far? O! don't you know
I- find it difficult to control my sentimental emotions
when I don't see you for a single hour.
FIDELIS: Alright darling, but for the memory of this
great night, have this ring and wear it 'always in your
ALICE: Infact I have now agreed you love me and
that being the case, always count me first among those
that love you dearly for I don't think any body loves
you more than myself. Oh sweet heart hurry out
for my dad is coming.
FIDELIS: Alright good night; (he leaves).
ALICE: Don't go please without a kiss for it is one
of the pleasures of being in love with some one of the
opposite sex. (They kiss themselves again).
FIDJELIS: Alright I shall continue to remember you till
we see again._
ALICE: Oh this boy is really- sweet. I don't know
Swhy I. have within a short space of time loved him so
rr-uch He is my morning star and has ultimately sto-
len my heart away. No I must call him back. (She
goes to the window)
ALICE: Fidelis! Fidelis! Fidelis! sweet heart! (she sho-
uts for him). Oh! you're gone far, but how do I stay
alone without you. Can't you listen and answer my
call? I am Alice calling you. (At this stage she turns
back). He has gone far. Oh! he doesn't hear me. (She cries)
(ENTER .Mr. OKOYE)
Mr. OKOYE: What is 'the matter .my pickin? We-
tinyou dey cry for? Any body beat you?
ALICE: No papa, I've just remembered something.
Mr. OKOYE: wetin now, you nogo tell me?
ALICE: I remembered my late sister, Loice. Her death
it fact was a blow to* me for when she was still alive,
we did things together like twins.
Mr. OKOYE: Make you lefam, she don die and
inogo .camot again. Na God bringam and God don
takeam back. Make you no cry again you hear?
ALICE: It is alright Sir, but I shall cause a statue of
hers to be erected in her honour.
Mr. OKOYE: Make you forget than one you hear?
I get fine message for youo?
ALICE: What is it papa?- Tell me.
Mr./ OKOYE: J Na vou man .1artins wey send me
ALICE: What type of message? I don't want to hear
anything now from anybody.
Mr. OKOYE: Na wetino! Martins do you bad? I
mean your husband. Wetin be palaver?
ALICE: I have told you not to border me about him
any longer. I don't know of anybody that goes by the
Mr. OKOYE: Wetin you dey tdlk? You don drtik
ALICE: Let no body talk to me any longer about
Martins. I don't know him and it beats my imagina-
tion how some body I don't know can be my hushbanrd.
Mr. OKOYE: Look notd, na the letter with picture
wey Martins say make I give you I come to give you,
you begin halla for me. Which kind ugbalugba so?
ALICE:. Can I see the letter?
Mr. OKOYE.' Lookam, he say make I tell you say
him go come tomorrow see you. (He hands the letter
ALICE: This letter tTie author of which I don't know,
you said is for' tme. Alright, but I think it being inmy
.property now I can haridle it as I like\ It comes from
an idiot and that being the case, I must tear it.
(She tears the letter).
Mr. OKOYE: Misisi! Misisi! Misisi! abeg come
water don pass garrio!
CICELIA: Yes I am coming.
Mr. OKOYE: Abeg come quick because wetin my
eyes dey see my mouth nodey fit talk.
CICFLTA* What is wrong Sir?
Mr. OKOYE: Make you ask your daughter now be-
cause una. two sabi talk grammartical fine fine. Igo
better for una mouth.
CICELIA: What is wrong? Has your dad offended you?
NMr. OKOYE. Askam make she tell you.
ALICE: Yes I want to be plain that I once agreed to
marry the man you called. Martins. And it is a fact too
that arrangements have almost been completed for our
wedding. But I have for some time now decided not to
marry him So what ever money he has given to you,
kindly give-it back to him for I must not marry him.
CICELIA: What is the cause of all these? Did Mart-
ins offend you?
ALICE: Don't mention that name Martins to me for it
Mr. OKOYE: I think you don hear the banza wey
your picking dey talk Cicelia. All this long long gra-
mmar no go helpo, nothing uwev go make you no marry
Martins. .Na lie you dey lie.
ALICE: Listen papa I had always respected you but if~
you sell that very respect for a dirty mess of pottage I
shall no more have the slightest atom of respect for you.
Mr. OKOYE: Grammar! 'oibo! talkam! una sabiam
proper but when time reach you no go sabi talk again.
CICELTA: Take it colly Sir, but I still want to know
why Alice has changed her mind on Martins.
ALICE: I didn't change my mind, but it was love that
changed it for me.
Mr. OKOYE: Wetin you dey talk? Wetin be love?
True true, if you, no marn arltins I go cut your ear
give you, you chopam. :
ALICE: That is your last mistake. I tell you again if
you don't take time,. I'll pain you in the- real col urs
that befits a slut, and octopus, a menace and a double,
faced man of your type.
CICELIA: Make sure you don't' insult your father Alice.
SALICE: I, must insult him if he craves for.it and even
you, if you don', steer' clear of this matter, 'I'll hit you
with a bang. .
Mr. OKOYE: What! for my picking to' course me?
Wey I born for- my belly? Na lie! God. no gree. In-
stead you go kill me I go first kilt, you because I no
do you bad because I born you. (He slaps her).
CICELIA: Don't do that again Sir, we must have to foll-
ow her amicabely if yvou want a' lasting settlement.
ALICE: You have. slapped me on the left cheek, here now
is the right cheek, giye me a more slap on it.
Mr. OKOYE: You no know fay I fit to beat you
'sotey you die?. .
ALICE: The evil that men do must continue to live af-
Ster them.. Infact you are a typical example of a wicked
JOHIN: What'is wrong papa?'
Mr. OKOYEV, Tour sister say igo bedt meo!
JOHN: What? Is that correct mama?
CICELIA: Thats not correct but the fact is that she
says she can't marry Martins again.
JOHN: Why Alice?
ALICE: Again let .me say it to your hearing, I can't
marry him for a million pounds dash.
\ CICELIA: There is no smoke without fire John. But
what puzzles me is what must have been responsible for
this present action of hers.
Mr. OKOYE: / No mindam, she say na love. Wetin
be love? The time wey I marry una mama we make
'ALICE: No amount of beatings can make me change my
JOHN: Alice, I have a question to ask you.
ALICE: Yes what is it?
JOHN. I reliably learnt you are in love with a boy they
Mr. OKOYE: Wetin you szy John, you say I dey
make love with who? No wonder fii ;Alright I go make
them love tire.
CICELIA:- Is he correct Alice?
ALICE:' Yes very correct. I'm madly in love with that
boy "and .an. amount of force can separate us.
CICELIA' Is Fidelis not Okonkwo's son?
Mr. OK6YE: Which Okonkwo you dey talk? Nobi
Okonkwo wey want to kill me for ny land? Abi
nobi so John?
JOHN' Papa you are correct and that is why I'm Puz-
zled. Do you know Fidelis belongs to Okonkwo's family
ALICE. Yes, I know too well, but love has played its
.Mr. OKOYE. Makeuna we meo. This Alice dey: make
friend with the people wey dey find me to kill.
JOHN: Alice I want you to cease loving Fidelis from now.
ALICE: You are telling a big lie; whether at gun point,
I must continue to love him.
Mr. OKOTE: -Shut up you bad pickin; (he slaps her).
Before you kill me you know say you don die proper
proper because na me born you and if I kill yo u oibo
no go talk afu.
F[DELIS: N)w your parents have vowed you must marry
Martins, how then do you think our love will last longP
ALICE: It seems you have been adamant to all my assu-
rances. But what I wnat you to suggest now is how I
can avoid Martins on the Sunday we shall wed.
FIDELIS: That is a problem but we can still solve it.
How would you like it if I suggest your deserting your
house that morning?
ALICE: Lovely, it is a nice idea but that will only be
as a last resort. I shall continue to press it on, until such
a time when I see there can be no compromise.
FIDELIS: But how do you put it into effect? And where
do you hide?
ALICE: The only thing is that I shall first "of all register
my refusal to wed Martins. But if I see there can be no
compromise, I shall agree to marry him only to escape on
the wedding day. Isn't that nice?
FIDELIS: Lovely, if only you can do it darling, I think
I shall have- no cause to regret my being in love with
ALICE: Let's run-out- sweet-Fidelis for- my dad- is coming.
But before that let's have a kiss (she kisses him).
(EXIT ALICE ANDFIDELTS RUNNING)
NMR. JOSEPH: WItlin ou say be palaver for your houw
MR. OKOYE: Naf than my daughter wey them dey call
Alice wey no want hear me.
CHIEF GEORGE: What has she done?
Mr. OKOY E: .She want to kill me but I don \tellam sayj
Instead for him to kill me, I go killam first because na
me bornam. i
JOHN: That is not the question papa.
SMr. OKOYE: Na wetin now?
hMr. JOSEPH: Wetin Alice want put nie for prison.
Look now, Martins don pay me one hundred and fifty
Spam say him want marriamr and Alice gree. N.a him
Alice don see say the time wey then go mal r for chu-
rch don reach and that we don' chop than money wey
.lfartins give we for him head. She say she no go mar-
MR. JOSEPH: W-A-T! ,She give reason why she
JOHN: Infact, the reason is that she fell in love with the
Fon of our greatest e emy-Mr. Fidelis and I think
Fidelis' .has indoctrinat ed I-er against marrying Martins
hence her present outbursts.
CHIEF GEORGE: Who is Fidelis?
Mr. OKOYE: rou no sabi than boy wev, me and him
papa dey fight for tham land since long?
CHIEF GEORGE: You mean Fidelis Okonkwo'
MR. JOSEPH: But una think say any thingfit make
Alice lefFidelis? Only die fit diided them.
CHIEF GEORGE: This is absolute rubbish. Messenger!
Messenger! Messenger; (he shots) Messenger: Sir,
CHIEF GEORCE: Come here.
(He stands at attention before the chief).
CHIEF GEORGE: Listen, do you know the boy called
MESSENGER: Yes Sir.
SCHIEF GEORGE- Go and -ask him to come to this place
with you in no distant time. Do you understand me"
MESSENGER: I hear you sir.
CHIEF GEORGE: Then "do so now. (Exit Messenger)
MR. JOSEPH: Wetinyou go do with than boy when
MR. OKOYE: Lefam for God make you sidon Jey-Jey
CHIEF GEORGE: When that boy comes now, I shall
order him to be ,arrested and put on trial later on.
JOHN: Lovely; if you do so then you must rest assured
That the Lord God will continue to bless' you.
MR. OKOYE: Abeg Oga! (he knels down) if Yoi fit
putam for prison for me, I go give you tombo.
CHIEF GEORGE! Never mind about that I shall teach
him a 'lesson.
MR.-JOSEPH: Nobi them dey come so?
JOHN: Yes, you are correct. They are coming.
MR. OKOYE: That boy go talk'true today. Water don
pais him garri.
(Enter Messenger and Fidelis).
MESSENGER: (At attention) I don bringam Sir.
FIDELIS: Yes who Wants me?
JOHN: Shut up! vou seductive idiot. Don't you know
you are standing here before the Chief?.
FIDELIS: I care less about that.
CHIEF GEORGE: You are Fidelis Okonkwo.
CHIEF GEORGE: Do you know a certain girl called Alice?
FIDELIS: Yes, she is my lover.
MR. OKOYE: 'Tou say wetin? Lover? No. mind, you
go love today tire.
When I born pickin una go begin love. Why you no
born your own make I cone lovam? God don punishyou.
SFTDETLIS: Listen Mr. Okoye, if you don't respect your-
self I can't respect you.
CHIEF GEORGE: Messenger!
CHIEF GEORGE: Give that beast a sound slap.
(the messenger slap-'Fidelis).
MR. JOSEPH: Ye., make you talk love again now?
FIDELIS: I say it again. Alice is my lover."
CHIEF GEORGE: You must either assure me, now that
you will cease playing love with Alice or I will lock you up
in the prison' yard.
FIDELIS: I can't do it. Alice is a girl I love and no
force beneath the rays if the sun can separate us.
'M\R. OKOYE: You dey talk lie. Slapam again messenger.
(the messenger slaps him again)
FIDELIS: Ven if I am to be killed because I love Alice,
I wouldn't care.
JOHN: Very soon you will jam your waterloo. The die
is cast and unles you promise nevei to love my sister
again, your life from this moment will be a miserable
and pathetic one.
FIDELIS: If you will kill me because I love her *as you
threatened in your .letter, do it now for I will not resist.
CHIEF GEORGE: You are. a bad boy. I think you sho-
uld be taken away to the cell where you will stay (indefi-
MR. OKOYE: Thank you sir. Abeg takeam go make
I see as him go come decieve Alice again.
CHIEF GEORGE: Messenger take him away to the cell,
JOHN: See how the idiot shakes like a soaked rat.
(The messenger takes him away with his hands chained
LIR. OKOYE: Wetin we go do now? I think una don
seem" fr una eye too?
CHIEF GEORGE: We shall call Alice and talk to her
but if after a long time she dosen't agree, we shall tell
her we agree with her to marry Fidelis.
MR.OKOYE: Me no dey for than oneol That boy no
fit marry my pickin.
CHIEF GEORGE: Not so we only want to trick her.
Then, we'shall send the messenger to go and call Fidelis.
He will come back to tell us that Fidelis has committed
suicide. And then you know, by the law of our land. (and
Alice must marry Martins.
JOHN: But the messenger must be instructed on what
to say when, we send him to call Fidelis.
MR. OKOYE: Yes,' you talk true my pickin. CHIEF
make we callam now.
CHIEF OKOYE: Messenger! Messonger; Messenger; Sir
CHIEF OKOYE: Listen Messenger, Mei;enger, we are
sending you to call Fidelis when Alice comes. But when
we send you out, don't go to call him actually, but go
outside and stay for sonm minutes after which you come
back and tell us that when y;it reached, Fidelis was be-
ing buried. When we ask you what killed him, you'll tell
us you were told he committed suicide. Do you understand
MESSENGER:- Yes Sir,;
CHIEF GEORGE: Alright go.
MR OKOYE: comeo!
S (ENTER ALICE AND SHE. SITS DOWN),'!
CHIEF GEORGE- Yes Alice I have called you. Y,.ur dad
told me you have refused to wed Martins. Is that si'
ALICE: Yes he's correct.
MR. JOSEPH: Why?
ALICE: Because I don't love him any longer.
JOHN: Alice don't you drop that question of love?
ALICE: Why should I? Are you notlin love with Agnes?
What then do you mean?
MR. OKOYE: Ifyou talk than love here again I go
beat you proper. You dn) creas?
CHIEF GEORGE: Is it a fact that you, are in love
with Fidelis knowing fully well his, dad is not in good
terms with your father?
ALICE: Yes I'm in love with Fidelis and I am aware
too of the strained relations between his dad and mine.
MR. JOSEPH: You think say all this long.long grammer
go help you?
MR. OKOYE: Lefam, no mindam. Ja- them g, tie.
CHIEF GEORGE: Do you know all that, Martins has
paid some money to your dad on your behalf
.ALICE: Yes I know' that fully well but' I think it' is
left to them to give him back his money.
MR. OKOYE: MAake una seeo, this my pickin want-put
me for prison. Them money wey that.man give me we-
don chopam finish, which place you want make I bring
the one wey I go givam?
MR. JOSEPH: Listen my picking, ifyou -no want make
your papa go prison begin rar- sheet, make you gree
ALICE: Well he'can spend the rest of his life in prison, I am not
bordered. But.all I know is that'I mist never marry Martins.
MR. OKOYE: T u say me fit diefor prison? You think
if you talk grammar from Lagos reach Sokoto me no go
hearam? You lie. John come help me hollam make I tiram
rope. She must gree for marry Martins.
(AT THIS STAGE, ALICE IS HELD AND TIED DOWN
WITH A ROPE. SHE IS TIED ON THE FEET AND
ON THE HANDS). .
MR. OKOYE: You must talk true today. I go show you
say na me bornyou.
JOHN: Don't mind Alice. She is a bad girl.
CECILIA: Yes make una doam wr.ll. Alice na picking
wey want chop our head. Yes I good foram.
ALICE* Listen, I want to assure all of you present here
today that no amount of ~i'jm7ation can make me lea-
ve or foresake Fidelis; He is a boy I love and I must
continue to'love him except he dies.
MR. JOSEPH: Shut up,you bad pickin. You don fee
pickin wey want. kill him paa and him inanmq before?
CHIEF GEORGE: Get me that knife Okoye I must kill
Alice if she doesn't agree to wed Marttns.
(Oko.e ,'.es him the knife
ALICE: (Laughing) if orly I .s.iall die for the sake of
Fidelis, I shall be very harpv';.-ifr there can be no sweeter
type of death.
MR. JOSEPH: Make you no talk plenty Alice, then go
killyouo and I no, dey.
.ALICE: Let- them come forward and kill me for I will
bv very pleased.
OICELIA: Since I 'begin born picking, I never born
bad one like this. Abeg 'God, instead I go born picking
wey go chop ny head, make tham picking no come atal.
JOHN: What benefit do you derive, from loving Fidelis?
Don't you want to marry a wealthy man?
ALICE: You are talking rubbish John. what benefit do
you de, ive from losing Agnes? Money or an thing mte ial
does n-.t mean anything to me. They are all vanities.
OICELIA: No talk than nonesence again. (She slaps her)
yozi be bad picking and na as you be now na so you go
dey, sotey you talk true. Woman wey dey follow. man,
you no dey shame?
CHIEF GEORGE- Alright Alice, should in case \e agree
with y u to marry Fidelis, can 'he pay Martins back his
SALICE: \Why not? If he can't pay it I think I can do so.
CICELIA: Wetin una dey talk so Chief? Un L want
make she marry that boy? No I no gree atal.
MR. .OROYE: Never mind, we sabi the thing wey we
OFIfEF GEORGE: Alright release her John.
(John releases her).
CHIEF GEORGE: Messenger' Messeriger! Messenger!
CHIEF GEORGE: Go and call Fidelis for us.
MR. JOSEPH: Wetin you dey catlam )or?
CHIEF GEORGE: No, I don't'want Alice to marry
somebody she doesn't like.. If Fidelis agrees to pay back
Martin:. money, let him do so and. go on with Alice.
CICELIA: I no dey!' Me no greeo!
Mr OKOYE: Just sidon look.
MESSENGER: Oga, make, I go collam?
CHIEF GEORGE. Yes.
CICELIA: So una don gree make Alice marry dam boy?
Me no gree that one atal.
ALICE: And all the same you can't force me to marry
any particular person. If it is' Martins' money you- have
lavished that worries you, never mind for I will give it
back to you.
M r.-OKOYE: Misisi, I say make you just sidon, Jey-
Jey dey look. Make you no talk witham again,
ALICE: Papa, do you know you have sold your respect?
Mr. OKOYE: Na you buyam? Foolish girl. I no blame
you because we no tie you rope again na him make
you get power to ask me than kind thing.
(ENTER MESSENGER CRYING)
Mr. JOSEPH: Wass matter my friend?
:CHIEF GEORGE: Can't yhu talk? Why are you crying?
MNESSENGER: Fidqlis my friend don die!
ALICE: What do you say? My own Fidelis is dead!
What killed him?
.1ASSE.NGER: Them say he kill himself
ALICE: Icr',ing) Oh! what shall I do My dear Fidelis
is dead. I must die myself. No I can't bear it.
JOHN: YES JT IS THE WORK OF GOD.
CHIEF GEORGE: -Alice don't cry again.
ALICE: But I want to see him before he is buried,
and kiss him for the last time.
MESSENGER: The time w)cy Igo, dem don burriam
ALICE:, Then I want to see his grave.
CHIEF GEORGE: Don.t go, except you want to impli-
ALICE: How can I implicate myself?
CHIEF GEORGE: Don't you know that if they.see you
poing to his grave they will say you- know something
about his death? They will say this because they don't
.know you are in love with him.
ALICE: Oh! then what shall I do? So I can't see him
again? (she cries) Oh! how are the rnighty fallen ,and
the weapons of war perished.
Mr. JOSEPH: No cry again mypickin, na God no
gree say una go marry.
CHIEF GEORGE: Do Alice, what is the position now
because I want to .go and sleep.
ALICE; I shall wait for some other person but not Martins.
CHIEF GEORGE: But if you do that, the law will have
its cause, because the law of our land says that \ here
there are two persons fighting to marry a girl, the girl
must seek the advice of her parents before making her
own choice which should be final. But if one of the
suitors dies before the question is finally settled, the law
has it that the one alife MUST marry that girl.
ALICE: Is that so?
CHIEF GEORGE: Yes and the penalty is life imprison-
Mr. JOSEPH: My pickin I think you don, see as'
the thing manage. Make you marry Martins. you hear?
ALICE: Alright I have agreed I shall marry Martins.
I don't object any'longer..
(LONG HAND' CLAPS AND APPLAUSE
FROM ALL' ON THE. STAGE)
Mr. OKOYE: God go bless you my ,pickin Alice.
You nobi bad picking again.
CICELIA: (KISSING AND EMBRASSING ALICE)
: Thank you, you hear. God go help you.
JOHN: Three cheers for Alice, hip! hip! hip!
JOHN: Hip' hip! hip!
JOHN- Hip; hip! h;p! :
ALL:, Hurrab- ;
Mr. JOSEPH: My picking, I thank ou very very
* :much. as you hear our wordd:
SCHIEF GEORGE:. :fMr. Okoye,'I think we should gonow
that the dispute is settled. Alice,'after all, you go in
and prepare for your wedding for it' is coming Sunday.
:Mr. OKOYE: I go 'lgad .-ua .small una thank youo.
(EXIT CHIEF GEORGE, MR. OKOYE, MR. JOSEPH'
CICELIA AND JOHN)
ALICE: These people are stupid. Instead of.me to wed
Martins, I will kill 'm\ elf that I might, meet Fidelis whe-
re, ever he is. I know it is' for my -sake that -he killed
himself. Rather than marrying Martins,. I will take
poison. I have onlr, decieved them, but they don't know,
let the wedding day approach and let them know who
Will wed Martins.
EXIT ALICE,. CURTAIN FALLS.
END, OF SCENE II
THE WEDDING DAY
Mr, and Mrs. Okoye having been assured by Alice that she
will wed Martins wake up in the morning with the.full
hope of celebrating marriage. But behold love had its
cause. Alice was found dead on her bed that morning
and the sounds of music and merriment outside suddenly
changed t- tolls of morning-bells from churches. In NMr
Okoye's palour (Christopher) enter Mr. Okoye and Chief
Mr. OKOYE: Chief, I thank you very much. If
forsay nobi than cunny wey you play the time messenger
-come tell we say Fidelis don die, Alice no for gree to
marry Martins. True true, I no sabi them thing them
dey call love fit to make pickin to course him papa.
CHIEF GEORGE: Well you know a chief is always
diploR at, hence I initiated her being told that Fidelis
was dead. But do you know that without telling her that
Fidelis had, died she could not have, agreed with us?
Mr. OKOYE: ''Na true Oga, who side tham boy dey
now? Him still dey for prison?
CHIEF GEORGE: Yes he is still in prison and I shall
order his trial immediately Alice weds Martins.
Mr. OKOYE: Yes, God don punisham. Make igo
for prison begin make love. Misisi, Misisio! (he shouts)
Mr. OKOYE: Abeg bring me them wine wey deyfor
i CHIEF GEORGE: You are trying to speak English you
M r. OKOYE: Ijust dey brokam. You no,say me
no go book na him I say all my pickin must sabiam
bu I no know say p!c lb, book dey spoil them head.
S(ENTER CICELIA WITH SOME BOTTLES OF BEER)
CICELIA: Oh! Chief na you? Welcome Sir. I
: thank una very very much as una help me make Alice
gree marry .1f,utins. I think you sabi say Martins
jor put we for prison if you say, we gree make she marry
that foolish boy.
Mr. OKOYE: Abeg make you begin drink this one first
until time reach.
CHIEF GEORGE: Thank you so much.
CICELIA: .Va which people dey make them. music
for outside? Make I looko, (she peeps,. outside) oh!
na mv inlaw, idon come with big big dance.
Mf. OKOYE: Todav na waaro! man go drink tire
today. (Music outside)
ENTER JOHN AND MR. JOSEPH)
SMr. OKOrE: Alo! joeph you don ready.?
Mr. JOSEPH: So you never ready? Ydu no sabi
,say today na big big day?
JOHN: Papa, Martins is already here.
CHIEF GEORGE: 'Yes we have seen him. But hat
is he doing outside?
CICELIA: Lefam first, some time na him.cloth idi'
make alright. God don do-oo, I go get better inla
w)' get money., (She dances).
Mr. OKOYE: Than boy Martins na very good man;:o!
Isabi make money like sand-sand.
Mr. JOSEPH: Wey Alice, she never prepare? Time
don begin reach!
Mr. OKOYE: No 'make una no worriam abeg. I
think time still dey plenty.
CICELIA: Alice dey prepare. She dey come.
(ENTER' MARTINS IN .NEATLY
COAT AND SEWN SUITP).
CHIEF GEORGE: Behold the husband arrives (The;,
cheer him up).
MARTINS: Malv the Lord be with you all here h\ho
hhve made it possible for me .o have Alice today as my
wife. But listen Ladies and Gentlemen I am really very ha-
ppy in' that after a prolonged and bitter battle between
some body now behind the bars and myself, the will of
Good has taken its cause. Infact it is no gain if I 's.,v
that today is the happiest day' of my life. It is a great
day and a day in which my every dream will come true.
I'do not claim to be the sole architect of this vict-rv-
but I think through God and through your urpar'-iled
help too,' this' hard fought battle has been won without
the slightest'drop of blood. I must not fail to make
mention'of how ever since I knew Alice, I had been
imagining continuously what my future life would be
without" her.' (Applause)
It will be a great lavish of time if I start here to enu-
m.erate .what' odds I have encountered ever since I pro-
posed marrying Alice. But suffice it to say I embraced
all of them as would a missionary in a foreign land.
At the very start, Alice loved me, but as time went on
some infinitesimal idiots took advantage of her being so-
cial and indoctrinated her to an extent that nearly
finished me. But what now is the result? The Lord has
smiled on me. Before I close this speech, I only want
to beg the Chief who is present here to see to it that
those concerned with the indoctrination of my wife sho-
uld be brought to book; for it was that unbeatable
writer, William Shakespeare who said, "The evil that men
do leaves after them. The good is oft interred with their
bones" So gentlemen I beg to close with the cherished
hope that. you .will all be present at our wedding which
will take place at ten a.m. today to bless and grace the
occasion. (He sits down amist Applause).
Mr. OKOYE: Book! Book! I think I been tell you
misisi say this man don go 'American come back?
'CICELIA: Yes, good self. Because when Alice
go begin talk than him long long logic. Him man go
talk him own too.
Mr. JOSEPH: My pickin you go book proper.
Talkam again make I hear because idey sweet me.
CHIEF GEORGE: Yes, every body get seated and let
me reply our great inlaw.
It gives me much pleasure to stand here amorn tlhe
dignitaries of our great city to thanks you very mu.-h for
the lavish praise vou lha'.e just showered on us. Really
\e helped in what you well described as "The hard
foiuht battle" but I don't think we merit those praises
1 von have showered on us. Alice legally is your wife and
I shall be failing in my duties as a chief to live and see
sornebiod, seduce her from you. So with plenty of thanks
arid abundant goodwill I wish you a happy ard prospe-
(HE .SITS DOWN AMIDST HAND CLAPS).
Mr. JOSEPH:' Wetin we, wey 'no sabi book go talk
now? Martin God go bless you with your wife.
Our people put one proverb say: person' wey dey tell
old woman make she (lean dirty wy dcram for eye evtry)
morning if then old, woman die, na him go chop than
woman head? So my pickin make you no do your
wife bad because ifyou doam bad, better nogo follow una.
, JOHN: Mr. Martins, I wish you and your wife, a happy
and a prosperous ,.marriage.
Mr. OKOYE: All this grarnmarlical wey una dte
talk since, me no sabiam. But make I -talk the one
wey I sabi, make you look my pickin Alice, na ..rong
head pickino, so when una marry finish today make you
dey lookam proper because she sabi make than thing wey
una dey call love. But make you remehbero! Pmy money
before una go marry for church. Na my money I sabi,
I no sabi another thing (prolonged laughter and ,a'/!.:, ').
CECILIA: I1's you talk. true. Nobi two hIundred'
parm 'we talk, you gie me, one hundred and filAl' paol,.
MARTINS: The question o' the rprnain;nr fifty pounds
is only a minor issue So h.vJe it,: ir I am here with it.
(APPLAUSE AND PROLONGED HAND. CLAPS'.
CHIEF GEORGE: Mrs. Ok.y;e go and collect Alice for
it is high time' they left for the Church.
MIr. JOSEPH: Yes, time dion reach. Him no owe una
* again,. na una 'oiz.eam ,n,;'. :>no ;
Mr. OKOYE:' Misisi, Misisio,. go callam time don
JOHN: Today's wedding will be very grand with ple-
nt\ of music and tombo.
S(CECILIA. RAISES AN ALARM
FROM ALICE'S ROOM)
Mr. JOSEPH: Wass mattr? Nd who :dey cry for
inside house Okoye?
S Mr. OKOYE; Some time na small pickin for house.
(RUNNING .INTO *THE STAGE CECILTA CRYING).
MARTINS:. \What is wrong in, in, naw'
JOHN; Mama what is wrong?.
Mr. OKOYE: You no, get mouth again, w'etin be
CECILIA: (Still crying) my mouth, no fit talk abeg
come seiam for yourself, uwetin I gd do-oo!
(EXIT OKOYE AND OECILIA)
JOHN; What must have been wrong?
(Okoyi and his wife raise another alarm from the house).
(Enter Okoye and Cecilia both crving)
Mr. OKOY'E: Make una seeo! Alice don take kitf
kill himself! wetin this pickin say make we do now?
MARTINS: What! are you serious? I want to see with
my eyes before I believe.
Mr. JOSEPH: Na true una talk so?
CECILIA. (still crying) oh this pickin don kill meo!
wetin we go do now? (She falls down and faints).
CHIEF GEORGE: Hold that woman arid take her to
the hospital immediately that her position' may, not be
(TOHN LIFTS HER TO THE ROOM WHERE
SHE IS MADE TO "LIE DOWN)
MARTINS: (Cry ing) Oh, how are the mighty fallen
and the weapons of war perished! Alice infact swore she
would never marry me and if only I knew the end wo-
uld be fatal I would not have pressed on.
CHIEF GEORGE: Go and bring her corpse out here
MARTINS: Let me do it with him.
(EXIT MR. OKOYE AND MARTINS)
Mr. JOSEPH This girl. Alice get strong heart, me
no fit take knife chook myself for belly.
CHIEF GEORGE- IIf only we had known we would
have told her that Fidelih had died. This is the last time
I shall be party to this type of thing. Really it is now I
come to realise that love plays an important part in a
girl's choice of husband.
(ENTER MR. OKOYE AND MARTINS THEY
CARRY WITH THEN ALICE'S CORPSE)
(AT THIS STAGE 'EVERYBODY STARTS CRYING)
MARTINS: (still crying) Oh! Alice, I loved you and
even now that you are dead, I still love you; let me kiss you
for the last, I that might do justice to my love for you.
(HE KISS THE CORPSE).
CHIEF GEORGE: Who owns that letter you are having
MARTINS:. I found it on Alice's table. Do you read it?
Mr. JOSEPH: Why? Make you readam ,we hear.
MARTINS: Then lend me your ears. It goes thus:
Mr. Martins and Mr. Okoye:
This will be my last word to loth of you. Vou have
deliberately killed Fidelis the boy I love so much and
told me he has committed suicide. I don't want to pass
judgement on anybody but I want to'tell you that noth-
ing on earth can divide Fidelis and myself. I am now going
to meet him where ever he may be that we might enjoy
ourselves undisturbed by anybody. Let this be a lesson to
'o)lh of you. lIMy last request is that Mr. Martins should not
touch my corpse or visit my grave at any lime. If he
does that he will be mentally divested which will even-
tually lead to his ignominoIus death. Another request
still I want, isto be buried by the side oT' my dear Fidelis
as befit husband and wife and if possible in the same
grave. It is greed, too much want, stupidity, ignorance,
arogance and unparalled anxiety for other people's bona-
fide property that is responsible for my death. God has
bound Fidelis and myself together and it will be the
height of my folly to live and marry Martins while my
dear Fidelis lies lonely in the grave. So with this I say
tata to both of you and while I say it, it is my hope
that this episode of mine should be a lesson properly
imparted to both of you.
Mrs. ALICE FIDELIS.
CHIEF GEORGE: Oh! what a touching letter. Please
good God, forgive, me for what ever I have done in this
matter, for I was ignorant (he prays).
Mr. OKOYE: Wetial we go do, than boy Fidelis '"
now.. If Jor say I sabi, I for gree Alice to marriam.
Mr. JOSEPH: Chief we no go putam for court.
AtMARTINS: If only you can 'order his trial my dear
Chief. I shall give you. ten pounds for kola.
CHIEF GEORGE: Alright, Messenger! Messenger! (he
MESSENGER: Sir. (ENTER MESSENGER)
CHIEF GEORGE: Get ready to bring Fidelis to court'
MESSENGER: Yes Sir, (EXIT MESSENGER).
CHIEF GEORGE: Well gentlemen let's go out and pre-
pare for court. That boy must be suffered.
Mr. OKOYE: Chief makeyou do so good. JVa for
him sake Alice kill himself, and I no sabi whether'
Cecilia go die too.
Mr. JOSEPH.: No, God no gree, ino fit die.
(EXIT CHIEF GEORGE, MR. OKOYE,
MR. JOSEPH AND MARTINS).
End of Scene III (Curtain falls).
THE T IAL OP FIDELIS IN THE COURT.
Enter Chief George, (who sits on the judgement chair)
(ENTER MR. OKOYE, MR. .'JOSEPH, JOHN.
MARTINS -AND CECILIA)
(ENTER MESSENGER WHO TAKES FIDELIS WHO-
SE HANDS ARE BOUND TOGETHER TO THE
,COURT). (FIDELIS STANDS IN DOCK).
MESSENGER: Silence in the-Court, (he shouts.)
REGISTRAR: The trial of a blood thirsty lover, a villain
and a vandal is billed for today. He is in the nprson ol
Fidelis Okonkwo who was madly in love with the Ilar.
Alice Okoye. His love with this girl is uinparalleled in
IontemFporarv history. Infact it can only be likened to
Romeo's lbve withJulliet, so I beg evervbrv:, here today
to be quiet while this trial goes on. (He sits down).:
CHIEF GF.ORGE: What are the charges a3'ainst him?
REGISTRAR: (He stands up). That you Fidelis Oko-
nkwo, knowing fully well that Alice Okoye was engaged
to Martins, fell in love with her contrary to sub section
720 of section 300 Chapter 8 verses 12 to T5 of the Cri-
minal Code. Are you guilty or not guilty?
FIDELIS: Arrant rubbish!
REGISTRAR: A)nswer the question; are you guilty;*or
FIDELI- You may be guilty but I am not.
REGISTRAR: Count 2. That you Fidelis Okonkwo at
the same time and place asked Alice not to marry Martins
contrary' to su. section to of Section 6, Stanzas 5-7 of
the Criminal Code. Are you guilty or not guilty?
FIDELIS" What do you mean?
CHIEF GEORGE: I shall have to handle you roughly
if you don't, behave well.
FIDELTS' Yo0u are joking.
CHIFF GEORGE: 3o on Regiqtrar.
REGISTRAR: That you Fidelis Okortkwo having indo-
ctrinated Alice against marrtinr, Martins, her lawful
husband. 'cause her to commit suicide and there by guilty
of marn laughterr. Are you guilty or not guilty?
FIDELIS: What? That Alice is dead? I don,t 'believe.
you. It is a lie.
CHIEF CEORGF: Are you mad?
FIDELIS I. Alire really dead?
CHIEF GEORGE- Yes, because of your indoctrinations,
she killed herself with that knife on the floor.
FIDELIS: Good God! Then I must have to follow her.
Oh sweet Alice why didn't you' tell me before you left?
I know it is for my sake.you have died but wait for a while,
S and get a place ready for me for I am coming very soon.
MESSENGER: (Slapping him) Shut up you are in the
FIDELIS: ( Jumping out of the dock with fury and pick-
ing up the dagger)
Oh Alice it is my time now. What, does life mean to
me without 'ou? I can't stand it again. I must have
tol meet yoi (he stabs himself by the belly).
CHIEF GEORGE: \ hat is wrong?
MESSENGER: Oga idok kill himself too!
Mr. OKOYE: You talk true? Oh yes na true.
CECILIA: If for 'say we sabi we for gree make this
boy marry Alice, see now Alice don die because of this
boy and this boy too don die because of Alice.
Mr. JOSEPH: God abeg my hand no deyo! I don comot
CHIEF GEORGE: Forgive me good God for I have
sinned. Infact we have out of mere ignorance and want
killed these lovers. Messenger carry him out and call
his people (Fidelis's corpse is carried out by John and messen-
MARTINS: Infact I was hooking in troubled water all
the while. May the Lord forgive me.
Mr. OKOYE: I no fit do like this again. me no
sabi say this love strong. (They all start to cry).
(THE END). 'CURTAIN FALLS.