The Lion and the Jewel Setting

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Ilujinle

The village of Ilujinle, in Nigeria, is the overall setting for all of the action in the play. Ilujinle is defined in comparison to Lagos, the capital city of Nigeria. Ilujinle is physically isolated from Lagos and is therefore also culturally isolated. Whether or not the cultural differences between Ilujinle and Lagos are a good thing or a bad thing is one of the defining questions of the play.

Lagos

Lagos is the capital city of Nigeria. None of the events of the play take place in Lagos but it is a setting which looms large over many of the conversations had by the characters. Lakunle, in particular feels that Ilujinle would benefit from being more like Lagos. The Stranger, whose magazine is the catalyst for the events of the play, comes from Lagos.

Schoolhouse

Lakunle’s schoolhouse is the setting where the audience first meets the characters...

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