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Sunrise at Night

By Aboki Associates

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Sunrise at Night by H.O.C Kochis won the 2003 Patrick
Ityohegh/ANA-Benue Drama Prize. It is a play that
was described by the judges as treating the universal
struggle between tradition and change. In addition
to this, the play has treated creditably the eternal
struggle of individuals who challenge outdated
systems. Sometimes, their struggles are frontal
attacks on the existing order; or they take more subtle
forms as demonstrated by Ocho in this intellectually
stimulating play.
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Abstract

Sunrise at Night by H.O.C Kochis won the 2003 Patrick
Ityohegh/ANA-Benue Drama Prize. It is a play that
was described by the judges as treating the universal
struggle between tradition and change. In addition
to this, the play has treated creditably the eternal
struggle of individuals who challenge outdated
systems. Sometimes, their struggles are frontal
attacks on the existing order; or they take more subtle
forms as demonstrated by Ocho in this intellectually
stimulating play.
The challenge that H.O.C Kochis poses in his one
act play Sunrise at Night, is to draw the reader into
determining whether to be part of the crowd or to
stand alone and make key decisions about life based
on the facts available. And more crucially, when the
facts are not available or are manipulated as the
priests did in the play, the discerning man should
reflect and call upon his power of reasoning and then
decide between what is moral and just, and what is
repugnant and unjust, it is in this frame of reference
that the play is unique.
Though many plays are written to entertain and
are suffused with humour, Sunrise at Night follows
another direction. It is a distinctive attempt by the
author to play with the mind of the reader to spur
her/him into making choices. The play is
recommended for its dramatic presentation on how
to approach conflict and challenging scenarios like
the one Ocho faces when the priests of the village
deity decree that he is to die. In this quest, an army
of less discerning adherents is mobilised to execute
the plan. Ocho’s sense of judgement and deportment
towards the climatic events woven around him
reveals fully the depth of H.O.C. Kochis’
achievement.

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