September 23, 2023

Homecoming will be released by Noirledge on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

By Editor

Nigerian dramatist, Cheta Igbokwe’s play, Homecoming, is set for release by Noirledge Publishing, Ibadan. Homecoming will be released by Noirledge on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Igbokwe’s Homecoming chronicles the life of Nwakibe, a retired head teacher and catechist who embarks on a mission to find his missing son. It also follows Johnson, a writer, in search of a story for his new book. It is a story of quest, love, discovery, and how what one finds in life is capable of slipping through one’s hands.

The play was first performed at The Arts Theatre of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2021, and was directed by Ugochukwu Ugwu, and Roland Odoh.

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The manuscript of Homecoming was declared winner of the 2021 ANA Prize for Drama, on November 6, 2021 at the 40th ANA Convention which held at Mamman Vatsa Writers’ Village, Abuja, Nigeria.

Cover of Homecoming

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Homecoming, a play by Cheta Igbokwe,” says the publishers, Noirledge.

The play has been described by the Nuresdef Laureate and Theatre Fellow, Greg Mbajiorgu, as “a play written with a deep sense of the stage.” For Leo Anele Ejesu, a lecturer of the Department of English, UNN, Homecoming “plunges you afresh into a meditation on tragedy.”

Cheta Igbokwe is currently an MFA Playwriting candidate at the University of Iowa, United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he also edited the University of Nigeria’s students’ journal, The Muse, Number 48; a journal founded by Chinua Achebe in 1963. He is a 2019 alumnus of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. He wrote the screenplay of Island of Happiness—a film which has been described by the Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as “a magnificent work of art.”

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