Theatre & Drama, Abuja.
Ubong Anyang is an emerging writer of plays, movies, novels and poetry, with a great penchant for turning common everyday ideas into great stories.
As a playwright, Ubong has been involved in the creation of masterpieces that have created and will generate quite a buzz wherever they are staged.
His creative usage of the dramatic syntax of the Shakesperan era in creating very interesting dialogue has set him apart from the pack and gives audiences a lot of phrases to go home with.
Though produced on a small scale A Virus resonated very loudly and on contacting University Press plc about it. They picked interest almost immediately.
His movies ranges from sci fi to pure action/thriller, fantasy, and comedies and are mostly set on the global stage.
The subjects are as varied as they are interesting and has already spurred interest among agents in the US and to some extent the UK.
The titles include Guilty Jury, Chadwick's law, Sleep, The wizards of Xitt etc. Being obsessed with high concept, this enigmatic writer is highly dissatisfied with the movie industry in Nigeria and truly hopes and believes that his works and efforts would bring the needed change in the Nigerian movie industry.
Ubong also spins out verses upon verses of poetry at his leisure time and currently has two collections that are due for publication soon.
With many certificates from creative writing courses, Ubong now pursues a degree in one of the applied sciences at University of Abuja in Nigeria.
Writing is second nature to this gentle writer and he is highly honoured by 30 Nigeria House for this recognition and is sincerely looking forward to dazzling the audience at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, even though he is sure that 10 minutes is a very small time to gain good insight into the life of the ancient Nigerian Queen, Amina of Zauzau who is the central focus of the play Aminatu.
Aminatu is a writer's take on the life of the ancient warrior Queen, Amina of Zauzau (Zaria). The audience is warned about this in the prologue; the account as we have here is scarcely true/ but whatever you make of it is up to you.
Queen Amina of Zaria has inspired many stories, art works and people around the world. How could a woman have ruled such a gender sensitive place like the Hausa society of the Fifteen and Sixteen Century?
What is more intriguing is the fact that historians cannot even come to agree on who she really was? How she lived, and how she died. What the play Aminatu has done therefore, is to synthesize these varied ideas into one interesting and touching story of a great Nigerian Queen who rose above all the odds of a male dominated society to write her name where no hand could erase for all eternity.
Queen Aminatu, the legendary conqueror of all the known lands around Zaria is preparing for an all important, career defining battle with Sarkin Kanejeji, an adversary like none she has ever faced.
This battle promises her everything including reaching the waters of the south, her life-long dream.
Queen Aminatu’s brother and joint ruler of Zaria Sarkin (King) Karama is however, envious of her achievements. He plots to teach Nok a lesson, Nok has already signed a treaty with Zaria and pays her tribute duly to Queen Aminatu.
Sarkin Karama gathers a grapple of soldiers to destroy Nok but loses his life in the process.
Queen Aminatu returns from conquering Sarkin Kanejeji deciding that her conquest shall end at the rivers of the south. However, on learning of her brother’s death at the hands of Nok, she decides to pick up the sword again and fight for a reason she has never done before; revenge.