The naked soup


The naked soup indicate a situation in which the less important thing is valued above the most important. This short play talks about a man who pushes his son away because of the state of his plate of soup.


  • Mr Pamuli: Feru’s dad
  • Mrs Pamuli: Feru’s mum
  • Feru: a regular inquisitive son to Mr and Mrs Pamuli.
  • Narrator


Triangle is incomplete without its third side, likewise a family without an inquisitive lad. Friday, a well-built young lad ever inquisitive wanted a quick response from his father who happened not to be in the mood of entertaining questions. Mr. Peter dropped a token the previous day for his wife to prepare ‘Egusi’ soup.

(In the sitting room)

Mrs Peter:

(sets up the table for her husband) My husband, food is ready. (Moves back into the kitchen)

Mr Peter:

Ok. Thank you. (Washes his hand in a bowl of water) Don’t forget to visit Kalu today. Ok?

Mrs Peter:

Yes my husband. (Exit Mrs. Pamuli)

Mr Pamuli:

(Opened the soup bowl and instantly swallowed a dry mass of empty saliva) Hmm!

(Soliloquizing)women…chai! When did I put down money for soup in this house? This people will not kill me. Ah! Not even a little piece of meat for the bread winner! It is unfair!


(runs in with excitement) Papa! Papa!

Mr Peter:

(cuts in with a lousy scream of pitiful anger) Don’t papa me! Papa your mama. Idiot! (Junior walks back outside sluggishly in a sober mood)


Feru only wanted some seconds from his dad to get words of encouragements like; well done, keep it up, that’s so nice of you my son, and so on. He was to report an event that happened in school-how he was rewarded with three exercise book on the assembly ground for returning a misplaced teacher’s wallet.

Our mind are ensnared by anger and we tend to react using the only alternative free, the head. To every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction (Isaac Newton). Life is all about understanding, understanding in living a beautiful life.

Mr Pamuli didn’t realize the content of the soup from the outside. The inside was empty to him, not knowing that the outside is filled with love.

Mrs Pamuli on the other hand failed to let her husband realize he hadn’t dropped a dime for soup preparation for the past week; not knowing that the money he claimed to have given to her could only cover up for the feeding of their children.

Feru for sure is but a kid, he will for sure get answers to his questions elsewhere. For this act by his dad will gradually create a veil between then. As parents, should never let the child see the anger in our faces when he or she is doing nothing wrong. This send a wrong message to them, no matter how small.

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Olusola Butler

I write a lot, on everything and anything. I am that ordinary guy with a whole lot of good to offer. I love art, music and poetry.

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