Babafemi Adeyemi Osofisan (born June 1946), known as Femi Osofisan or F.O., is a Nigerian writer noted for his critique of societal problems and his use of African traditional performances and surrealism in some of his novels. A frequent theme that 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.
Several of Osofisan's plays are adaptations of works by other writers: Women of Owu from Euripides' The Trojan Women; Who's Afraid of Solarin? from Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector; No More the Wasted Breed from Wole Soyinka's The Strong Breed; Another Raft from J. P. Clark's The Raft; Tegonni: An African Antigone from Sophocles′ Antigone, and others.
Osofisan in his works also emphasizes gender: his representation of women as objects, objects of social division, due to shifting customs and long-lived traditions, and also as instruments for sexual exploitation; and his portrayal of women as subjects, individuals capable of cognition, endowed with consciousness and will, capable of making decisions and effecting actions.
Education and career
Born in the village of Erunwon, Ogun State, Nigeria, Osofisan attended primary school at Ife and secondary school at Government College, Ibadan. He then attended the University of Ibadan, going on to do post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris. He subsequently held faculty positions at the University of Ibadan, where he retired as full professor in 2011. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Theatre Arts, Kwara State University, Nigeria.
- Kolera Kolej. New Horn, 1975.
- The Chattering and the Song. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press, 1977.
- Morountodun and Other Plays. Lagos: Longman, 1982.
- Minted Coins (poetry), Heinemann, 1987.
- Another Raft. Lagos: Malthouse, 1988.
- 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.
- 'Warriors of a Failed Utopia? West African writers since the 70s' in Leeds African Studies Bulletin 61 (1996), pp. 11-36.
- 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.
- Femi Osofisan page at African Books Collective.
- Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale.
- Wumi Raji, "Africanizing Antigone: Postcolonial Discourse and Strategies of Indigenizing a Western Classic", Research in African Literatures, Volume 36, Number 4, Winter 2005, pp. 135-154 | 10.1353/ral.2005.0174.
- Adesola Adeyemi, "Femi Osofisan: A Chronology", African Postcolonial Literature in English.
- Martin Banham reviews Femi Osofisan's Major Plays 2 in the Leeds African Studies Bulletin 68 (2006).