Jeff Iwu’s Verdict of the Gods, which draws extensively on the author’s rich Igbo heritage, is a parabolic commentary on our country in dire need of veritable change. Like Achara, Nigeria is plagued by a curse brought on it by the ferocious greed of its scheming, homicidal and ostentatious political leadership.
In this touching tragic play, Iwu reveals that Nigeria’s problem is deeply rooted in its savage history of murder, plunder, marginalisation and exploitation of the weak. This season of change, Verdict of the Gods calls for concerted effort to unravel the problem and address it holistically. The play’s ending with the suicide by hanging of Eze Obioha (lit. the heart/will of the people), is an uncommon display of courage and acceptance of responsibility for the mistakes of past leaders.
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