Zainabu Jallo

Residency: Scribus 15

9 January – 13 February 2014


A monologue


One night, on his matrimonial bed Marc, laments over being unaccomplished. He is an insomniac who stays up at night while Martha, his wife sleeps deeply.

He has nightmares of being in a gang of meerkats anytime he attempts to sleep. His biggest fear is of being average.

He lives by Paul Cezzane’s quote; the day is coming when a single carrot freshly observed will set off a revolution.

(The Revolutionary Carrot by Zainabu Jallo)

Zainabu Jallo, who originates from the city of Jos in Nigeria, is well-known as an up and coming playwright in international circles, as well as in her home country.

Her second play, Onions Make Us Cry was published in 2008, and in 2010 it won the NLNG Literature Prize (an important accolade in Nigerian literature). In 2011, Onions Make Us Cry, was Winner of the National Theatre London Africa Program, and it received a full reading at the International Festival of New Plays in March 2013, at the Lark Theatre in New York.

Zainabu is one of the playwrights whose work was featured at the 9th Women Playwrights International Conference in Sweden, August 2012. She is a Sundance Theatre Fellow, and a fellow of Le Château de Lavigny, a residency founded by the late Jane Ledig in memory of her husband writer Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt in Laussane , Switzerland.

Her plays have been presented in Lagos, London, Manchester, Stockholm, NewYork, Provence, New Delhi and Edinburgh

Titles of her previous plays are Saraya DanganaHoly NightThese Feelings, Caught In The Blank, and My Sultan is a Rockstar

During her residency at ArtFunkl, Zainabu has been developing her latest work The Revolutionary Carrot, and has also been making a piece of photo-journalism, documenting her experience of Manchester and ArtFunkl.