Yulisa Amadu “Pat” Maddy is the author of over a dozen plays, including Yon Kon, for BBC Radio; Big Berrin, for which he was jailed in Sierra Leone, two (co-authored) studies of neo-imperialism in children’s literature, and a novel, No Past, No Present, No Future. The novel and his collection Obasai and Other Plays were published as part of Heinemann’s African Writers Series. Maddy also directed both the Sierra Leonean and the Zambian national dance troupes and founded Gbakanda Afrikan Tiata. He died in 2014.
Staging the Amistad collects for the first time plays about the Amistad slave revolt by three of Sierra Leone’s most influential playwrights of the latter decades of the 20th century. Written and staged before and after the start of Sierra Leone’s decade-long conflict, they brought the Amistad rebellion to public consciousness.