Femi Osofisan

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Babafemi Adeyemi Osofisan (born June 1946 in Erunwon, Ogun State) is a Nigerian writer known for his critique of societal problems and his use of African traditional performances and surrealism in some of his novels. A frequent theme his novels explore is the conflict between good and evil. He is in fact a didactic writer whose works seek to correct his decadent society.

Femi Osofisan also known as F.O. has three prose works "Ma'ami", "Abigial", and "Cordelia" which was first produced in newspaper columns, the Times and then The Guardian.

Several of F.O's plays are adapted. Plays such as 1. "Women of Owu" from Euripides "Trojan Women". 2. "Who's Afraid of Solarin?" Nicolai Gogol's "Government Inspector"; 3. "No more the Wasted Breed" Soyinka's 'Strong Breed"; 4. "Another Raft" J.P Clark's "The Raft"; 5. "Tegonni: An African Antigone" from Sophocles "Antigone" and others.

Osofisan in his works also emphasizes on gender phenomenon: His representation of women as objects, objects of social devision, due to shifting customs and long live traditions, and also as instruments for sexual exploitation; and Portraying women as subjects, individuals capable of cognition, endowed with consciousness and will, capable of making decisions and effecting actions.


Osofisan attended primary school at Ife and secondary school at Government College, Ibadan. After secondary school, he attended the University of Ibadan. He did his post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris before holding faculty positions at the University of Ibadan, where he retired as full professor in 2011.


  • Kolera Kolej. New Horn, 1975.
  • The Chattering and the Song. Ibadan: Ibadan UP, 1977.
  • Morountodun and Other Plays. Lagos: Longman, 1982.
  • Minted Coins (poetry), Heinemann, 1987.
  • Another Raft. Lagos: Malthouse, 1988. [End Page 153]
  • Once upon Four Robbers. Ibadan: Heinemann, 1991
  • Twingle-Twangle A-Twynning Tayle. Longman, 1992.
  • Yungba-Yungba and the Dance Contest: A Parable for Our Times, Heinemann Educational, Nigeria, 1993.
  • The Album of the Midnight Blackout, University Press, Nigeria, 1994.
  • Tegonni: An African Antigone. Tegonni, an African Antigone. Ibadan: Opon Ifa, 1999.
  • Theater and the Rites of 'Post-Negritude' Remembering. Research in African Literatures 30.1 (1999): 1–11.


  • Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale.
  • Article on his works and post-colonial impacts[1]