In this post, we will be giving you a comprehensive Plot Summary Of Let Me Die Alone by John Kolosa Kargbo.
John K. Kargbo, in his play “Let Me Die Alone”, summarizes the plethora of betrayal that exists in the common African social system. The play is set in the Senehun and Moyamba villages in the Mende Kingdom. The play exposes the sins and calamities that the lust for power and the deceit of those who trust you could cause on society. It looks at the evil that excessive greed for power can bring about.
Two of them, Musa and Lamboi, blinded by their uncontrollable desire for power (i.e., the chief’s throne), have betrayed two chiefs who have succeeded them. They also play a key role in the deaths of Gbanya and Jeneba and, in turn, the suicide loss of Yoko.
The play opens with a romantic scene between Gbanya, the chief of Senehun, and Yoko, who is his favorite of his wife’s thirty-seven wives. A guard interrupts their love by letting them know that the Governor of Senehun is headed to Senehun.
Gbanya is devastated by the planned arrival of the Governor and concerned about the thoughts that he had before now about his father coming home. In Africa, when a chief or king’s predecessor is summoned, it signifies that the incumbent can join his ancestors soon.
In the circumstances, Gbanya has the premonition that something terrible could happen to him very soon. Knowing that he sided with John Caulker against his brother, George Caulker, in an all-white war further reinforces the fears of his heart.
In the beginning, Yoko tries to dissuade him from engaging in these negative thoughts. In the end, when he’s not opposed to her suggestions, she reminds him of the pledge to leave the throne to her upon his death. Gbanya is adamantly opposed to this arrangement. He asserts the reality is the case that Mende Land is in a state of disorder and chaos. It requires a person to correct the wrongs.
We meet Musa and Lamboi next. They are likely to be members of Gbanya’s government. Lamboi is a man who would like to become the chief wants the cooperation of Musa to kill Gbanya. Initially, Musa refuses to oblige to Lamboi’s nefarious plans. Later, he agrees to assist if Lamboi threatens to expose his secret about human sacrifices.
The expected Colonial Governor, Dr. Rowe, visits Senehun. As was expected, he smacks Gbanya for defending a white brother over the other. Lamboi and Musa profit from their anger and poison Gbanya following the Governor’s departure.
In his final throes, Gbanya is quick to be aware that he has been poisoned and discovers the reason why he has been poisoned. He tries to transfer the power to Yoko before his death. He is killed while doing this.
With aplomb, Lamboi proclaims himself the new chief. But, skeptical Yoko, who believes that Gbanya has been murdered with the help of the two, object to the announcement. She takes on the role of a leader instead.
In the subsequent scenes, we witness an increase in Yoko’s power due to her service to the Governors and the expansion of her authority. There is a shift of her seat in the government between Senehun and Moyamba.
We also observe the infidelity between Jilo in love with Ndapi. Jilo is engaged in extra relationships with Lansana. Ndapi, who is the chief warrior, is depicted in the media as an alleged woman-beater or one who treats his wife badly. Jilo was later to seek comfort in her relationship with Lansana. Their sole daughter, Jeneba, an extremely sharp and intelligent young lady, is often at the palace.
Yoko, who has been able to use her powers for a long time, would like to swap to one of her companions. As the Poro female, Yoko is unable to conceive. She would prefer to be a mother rather than being a queen.
As this battle rages on, Musa and Lamboi do not let up their plot to take down Yoko and take over the kingdom. They are amazed at how Yoko has been able to manage the issues of the chiefdom and her skill in maintaining good relations with the Governor. They decide to execute Jeneba and then incite the population towards her (Yoko).