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Inua Ellams

Oberon Books

To name something is to call it into life, to determine its future. If we let our children name themselves, will they author their own destinies? Will the nameless ones be free? Untitled is a magical realist story set in Nigeria and England, of identical twin boys separated at infancy. In the quarrel after the marred naming ceremony, the mother grabs the titled child and flees, leaving the unnamed brother to lead an impetuous, chaotic, blasphemous existence until the spirits of the land make their stand.


Inua Ellams was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria in 1984. He left Nigeria in ’96 and works as a poet, playwright, performer and graphic designer/artist. He works primarily as a poet and describes his writings for theatre as ‘long poems.’ His first play The 14th Tale (Def Eye, Flipped Eye, 2009) commissioned by the Battersea Arts Centre, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold out run at The National Theatre in London. His second play Untitled was commissioned by Soho Theatre. His third play, Black T Shirt Collection is also published by Oberon Books and touring with Fuel Theatre Company during 2012.

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