Mambo Leo (Current Affairs)

Mambo Leo (Current Affairs) is a satire on the subject of genocide. The play is set in East Africa but is based on the East European crisis during the diplomatic prelude to the Second World War. It is written for a Swahilophone college audience but its appeal is universal. More

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About John Coutouvidis

I was born (1944) in Tanganyika arriving in the UK in 1963 to attend the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. Finding the fenland winter too cold to bear, I spent much of my first year identifying the college with the best heating system and found it at Keele University where the Nissen hut accommodation was served by the largest radiators in the land. Keele then allowed its undergraduates a Foundation year during which I discovered History, the love of my life after Merrilyn, whom I met at Keele. We married in 1969 and were blessed in 1972 with a daughter, Sophie. The family home of forty years and more is in Staffordshire where, at various colleges, I have taught African Politics and Government, International (European and Non-European) Political History and modern Polish, British and German Diplomatic History.

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The books below are part of a trilogy in honour of Thioneesos (Dionysus) whose feast days in ancient Greece required the staging of two dramatics and a satiric. In my offering these are presented as The Kidron Bible, God of Hunger and Mambo Leo.

Together, they constitute The Wanainchi Trilogy.

John Coutouvidis

June 2011

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