Kongi's Harvest

Kongi's Harvest

Kongi's Harvest is a 1970s Nigerian drama film directed by Ossie Davis. The film was adapted from a screenplay by Wole Soyinka adapted from his 1965 play of the same name. Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet, and the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, also starred in the leading role as the dictator of an African nation.


President Kongi (Wole Soyinka), the dictator of an African developing nation, is trying to modernize his nation after deposing King Oba Danlola (Rasidi Onikoyi), who is being held in prison. However, Kongi's real ambition is that of presiding over the Festival of the New Yam, a spiritual privilege of the king. Kongi struggles to take authority over the festival as King Oba Danlola had chosen to remain in prison rather than give up the last of his power to Kongi. The spiritual privilege is left to Danlola, who is the kings nephew and heir, and is shown to grow prized yams on his farm. Kongi attempts to find a way to make Danlola submit to his demands.