A full-length play set in the Nimba – a village in a Guinea Coast country – centring around historical events, particularly a massacre in the village. Dealing with colonialism, betrayal, tradition, gender issues, impotence and continuity, it uses the women of the village – the rice keepers – as a focus for its commentary. Also utilises the ritual of dance and the mask, which embodies the past and predicts the future.
Rashidah Ismaili, also known as Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr (born 1941), is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and playwright who was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, and in the 1950s migrated to the US, where she still lives in Harlem, New York City. She was part of the Black Arts Movement in New York in the 1960s. She is also an arts and culture critic and taught literature by French- and English-speaking African writers in higher education institutes for more than 30 years.