Kongi's Harvest (film)
|Directed by||Ossie Davis|
|Produced by||Ola Balogun
|Written by||Wole Soyinka|
|Music by||Chris McGregor|
|Edited by||Jerry Gränsman|
Calpenny Nigeria Ltd
Kongi's Harvest is a 1970 Nigerian film directed by Ossie Davis, from a screenplay by Wole Soyinka adapted from his 1965 play by the same name. Soyinka also starred in the leading role as the dictator of an African nation.
President Kongi (Wole Soyinka), the dictator of an African developing nation, is trying to modernize his nation after deposing King Oba Danlola (Rasidi Onikoyi). The different tribes are resisting unification, so he tries to reach his goal by any means necessary, including forcing government officials to wear traditional African outfits and seeking advice from the man he deposed. He demands tribute from Danlola in the form of a yam, an important food in the culture. Danlola's former lover Segi brings the dictator the head of her father as sacrifice.
- Wole Soyinka as President Kongi
- Rasidi Onikoyi as King Oba Danlola
- Femi Johnson as Organizing Secretary
- Nina Baden-Semper as Segi
- Orlando Martins as Dr. Gbenga
- Dapo Adelugba as Daodu
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