Sojourners - ePublication
THE STORY: SOJOURNERS is Part One of the Ufot Cycle, Udofia’s sweeping, nine-part saga which chronicles the triumphs and losses of Abasiama Ufot, a Nigerian immigrant, and her family. Abasiama came to America with high hopes for her arranged marriage and her future, intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria. But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian or American Dream.
“[SOJOURNERS] offer[s] a moving and powerful corrective to the notion that what immigrants leave behind is always awful, and that what they find is always worth the trip…[Udofia] makes the eventful plot run with marvelous ease; Abasiama’s troubles weave through each other at right angles so that they mimic the complexity and difficulty of real life.” —NY Times. “Udofia subtly exposes fault lines of class, gender, and upbringing when it comes to Nigerian-Americans…With clear-eyed determination, Udofia has penned an immigrant’s tale that is neither triumphal…nor a complete refutation of the American Dream…Rather, it is something distinctly more honest about the tradeoffs and sacrifices one makes to settle in a new land.” —TheaterMania.com. “SOJOURNERS is…an incisive exploration of the choices immigrants must make to become Americans (not just to come to America)…[a] deeply beautiful, complex play…it’s a rich piece, looking at how America changes the people who come here, for better and for worse.” —WNYC.