Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen: a play


Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen won the 2001 Association of Nigerian Authors Drama Prize.

Shakara is 17-year-old and a school drop-out, who can no longer stand her poor mother with her born-again sister as squatters in a shanty, where the single mother toils to raise them with her meager income from being nanny and chief laborer for Madam Kofo, a drug baroness and socialite in the city that is split between the rich and the poor.

Shakara joins a gang and flees home. Then the unexpected happens.