A live radio-play traces a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism. Illustrious figures from past and present meet at the “Grand Stadium of After Africa” to dialogue about “our” common futures.
With The Africans, Christian Nyampeta develops what he calls a “multiform audio-social structure”. The live radio play portrays a battle between individualism, universalism and social collectivism. It stages key scenes of The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971), a novel by the late Kenyan philosopher and novelist Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014). Following the death of Nigerian poet Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967) on the Biafran battlefield, illustrious figures drawn from every geographical corner and historical time meet at the “Grand Stadium of After Africa” to dialogue about the political vs aesthetic role of art. Within this grandiose scenery, we recognize episodes taken from Mazrui’s television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage (1986), which lays bare a history of the “standard of civilization” inscribed in the international system of states and borders, far beyond the African continent.