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An unfinished man

Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Juju exists, spirits battle, and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly in East London.

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This hex has festered,
iss roots have been stuck
for almost three decades.
I’ve been oblivious
but now I know.
Thuh Lord has made it known.

I can’t ignore it now iss known.
Gotta battle.
Gotta fight.

Kayode has been unemployed for seven years. His marriage is suffering. He needs to get help. His mother knows exactly what to do.

Juju exists, spirits battle, and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly in East London.

Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s An unfinished man premiered at The Yard, London, in February 2021.

Critic Reviews

The script packs more into 60 minutes than many works three times the length… an enthralling piece of theatre. Baruwa-Etti, who is also a poet and budding film-maker, drew attention with his monologue The Sun The Moon and the Stars at Stratford East. This new piece confirms him as a seriously exciting new talent.

Evening Standard
Critic Reviews

Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s play manages something seriously impressive … rich in metaphors and ambiguities.

Time Out
Critic Reviews

A bold, troubling, brilliant examination of the devastating effects of depression.


Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, poet, and filmmaker. In 2020, he was shortlisted for the George Devine Award and was the Channel 4 playwright on attachment at Almeida Theatre. Upcoming work includes An unfinished man (The Yard Theatre). For screen, he is in post-production on a BFI/BBC short film as writer-director, and has several original series in development. His poetry…

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