METAMORPHOSIS: A PLAY By Abdulbasit Abubakar Adamu



Abdulbasit Abubakar Adamu

(Layla is shown sitting on a chair with her back to the canopies of the IDP camps, tears can be seen to drop rapidly from her eyes like a sad day of August with robust rainfall and adequate water flowing down from the heavens. She is wearing a top and has a wrapper tied roughly to her waist. She looks unkempt and from all indications in the way she sat down there she cared less about it. She looks pale with her eyes bulgy to show she must have wept for a long time).

Aunty Layla, how are you doing today? I hope you will be able to fulfill your promise today.

It’s a promise so I have to keep to it.

So where do we begin? Can we start by how you got here?

Well, Hakeem. It’s but a long story, but to cut it short. I lost my loved ones to this war.

Oh Lord! Do you mean they are dead?

Of course! I watched in tears and screams as my son’s throat got slit and my husband shot multiple times. Come into my tent let me show you something.

I am so sorry for your loss. I bet that scene to be an eyesore and total discomfort.



(Layla ruffles through her stuffs and brought out an envelope which was sealed and on it was written confidential. She opens it up and starts to bring out some pictures from it.)

You see, these right here are the remnants of my husband and son, the people I gave my ultimate love and care.

This son of yours looks cute, I know he got his looks from you. For, even with the tears and sadness I can see the beauty on your face.

He was everything like me. He had the same heart as mine, and when he was killed. I died that moment too.

You are not dead Aunty Layla. You are a living being with us and you will be alright.

Living is now dying to me, while when I die to reunite with my son that is when I will start living again.

Wherever your son is, I am sure he is smiling and he is comfortable just the way you want him to be.

I wish and pray for that every day, and every night since he left me in this wicked world.

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The world is not wicked. Only the men living in it are wicked. Men are selfish and wicked.

Sometimes I just wish I can die and just be free. Be free from all these evil and hatred.

It is true what they said that only the dead witness the end of war, but even dying itself is another war of itself.

Only dead can free from this torture war I am having from war. It’s more like a curse that was hanged around my heart.

You have all the power to undo this curse, to remove it and to take it down and live a life full of freedom and relief, like you want it.

I don’t know if I can. I don’t know if I can bear all these.

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind; war, banished from this earth. Only then, can man know peace.

Man has brought to himself catastrophes, and women have always been victims of Men’s selfishness.

Well! War can’t be stopped. It is a poor chisel for carving out a better tomorrow.



(Both of them walk out of the tent and come back out to the previous place they sat. As she sit in silence for a very long time. Hakeem decides to break the silence after he himself has experienced a long time of shock, reminiscing about what she has gone through).

The world has now turned to a dangerous island because of the evil of men. It’s all so scary.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it.

How do you expect them to stop it when all it brings them is economic benefits. It’s all they get from it, while we end up stranded.

As long as we remain in a world where men stay selfish and are always after profit maximization, we will never know peace.

Yes, Indeed.

Do you think all the war profiteers will ever let a slip off happen to the warfare that keeps bringing those coins in their pockets and purse(s)? No! They would never want peace to come.

This whole profiteering has brought a setback to the state and our country as a whole.

It amazes me when I read the headlines and see things like government officials embezzling money meant for arms and other things. Yes, it amazes me.

It amazes one and at the same time disgusts me. I can’t imagine doing that myself. I will never forgive myself.

You know people; they are all different, like it was said, what will poison you will add weight and good health to another person.

I pray the Lord doesn’t allow me get good health from such atrocities. May he guide us to the right path always. Thank you for your time Layla.


© Abdulbasit Abubakar Adamu 2016

About the Playwright
Abdulbasit Abubakar Adamu was born in Abuja, Nigeria and raised in  Kaduna. He is mostly interested in poetry. His works explore the themes of love, nature and societal issues and adventure. His purpose of writing is for self-expression and social change.
His articles, poems and stories have appeared in different publications, online sites and anthologies nationwide.
FACEBOOK: Abdulbasit Abubakar Adamu
TWITTER: ab_wordsmith
INSTAGRAM: ab__wordsmith

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