Richard Lander and the Travelling Polygamist by Femi Osofisan

Tableau 1 [Two narrators – Lander and Pasko – come onto the stage, bringing their dairies.] Lander: In 1825, Hugh Clapperton, a navy captain, was commissioned by the British government to explore the area of the ‘Dark Continent’ lying just east of the Cape Coast, and travel up to Sokoto, then capital of the Fulani Empire established by Sultan Othman dan Fodio. Pasko: Clapperton succeeded in reaching Sokoto, but he…

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