n African Performance Review - Feminist aesthetics in African theatre of the colonial period

Volume 1, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


In the months of November and December, 1929, fifty women were shot dead in several towns in South-Eastern Nigeria by the British colonial administration. They were shot for protesting against a poll-tax about to be levied upon them all the way from London as part of the English imperial intelligence of making the natives pay for their own colonization (see Said, 1994, Rodney, 1981, Young, 1990 and Fanon, 1967). My grandmother, Danne Akwarandu, was one of the forty thousand Igbo women who participated in this revolution. On the evening of November 29, 1929, she came home with the stains of the blood of some of the slaughtered women on her dress.

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