(i) Aloho
She is the main character in the play, a young and native university graduate desperately searching for a job. In her desperation, she ignorantly becomes part of a criminal network involved in drugtrafficking in spite of her friend’s constant warning to keep away from notorious Ochuole. Aloho is arrested and detained for drug trafficking. Upon her release, she suddenly realizes that she is pregnant for Chief Haladu- Amaka and eventually dies during child-birth. The author uses Aloho’s character to portray the ordeals of many young and jobless Nigerian graduates, how they are easily taken advantage of and lured into crime in their desperation to get a job.

(ii) Ochuole:
Ochuole is Aloho’s classmate in the University. She is portrayed as notorious and wayward. Ochuole works as Chief Administrative Officer at the Ministry of External Relations. She aids Chief’s sexually immoral lifestyle by providing him with ladies. She lures Aloho into drug trafficking in the guise of helping her to secure a job with the Ministry of External Relations.

(iii) Chief Ade Haladu-Amaka:
He is the Minister of External Relations and the epitome of corruption in the play. He is the ring leader of a criminal network of drug peddlers. He engages in bribery, large scale embezzlement of public funds,sexual immorality and fraud. His character is ironical. As a Minister of External Relations, he is supposed to promote his country’s image in the comity of nations. On the contrary, Chief Haladu- Amaka through his many vices portrayed his country in a bad light.

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(iv) Ogeyi:
Ogeyi is Aloho’s friend and confidant. Aloho lives with Ogeyi in her small apartment in Pannya. She tries to discourage Aloho from taking Ochuole’s job offer and warns her to keep away from Ochuole. She seeks justice for Aloho by reporting Chief to the police. She is the voice of reason in the play.

(v) Madam Hoha:
Madam Hoha is the Manager of Akpara Hotel. The hotel where Chief perpetuates his criminal activities.She is sentenced to ten years imprisonment with hard labour along with Ochuole and her hotel was sealed.


The play was called “the mistakes of a night”. This is because there several mistakes made in the night. The night was significant to the play, because it helped to expose and validate the title of the play known as “the mistakes of a night”. The significance of the night was highly emphasized in the play, throught the characters and roles of Maslow, Kate, Hastings and Tony Lumpkin.
Firstly, Tony Lumpkin deceived the visitors(Maslow and Hastings) and made them believe that Mr. Hardcastle’s house was an inn. Because they made that visit in the night, the visitors mistakenly took to Tony’s descriptions of Mr. Hardcastle and the house, and this led them to being unruly and rude to their host, his daughter whom they saw as a maid serving in the supposed and assumed in.
Secondly, Kate Hardcastle dressed like a maid that night that Maslow and Hastings came. They saw and assumed her to be a maid. Maslow particularly felt free with her, believing that she has got low class. Maslow’s wrong perception of the young lady(Kate) was as a result of the trick that the night plays.
Finally, Tony tricked his mother by driving and Constance Neville round the perimeter of their house and brought her back to their garden. It was in the night that all these happened. If it were not for the night, Mrs Hardcastle could not have been deceived by Tony. Therefore, nthe night played a significant role in the play, for in it, mistakes were made and through these mistakes, truths were uncovered and the plans of Mrs Hardcastle to covet the jewelry box belonging to Constance and to lure her into marrying her son.
Tony Lumpkin, were punctured and these mistakes of the night helped to develop the plots of the play.

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Repetition: This is seen throughout the poem. Example: What eyes will watch our large mouth? is repeated in the second stanza.

Rhetorical Question: This runs throughout the poem. It expresses the poet’s worry and emphasises his seriousness over the subject matter of the poem. Examples: “Who then will hear our voices without laughter?” “Who then will hear us without laughter?” “What eyes will watch our large mouth?” “What heart will listen to our clamouring?” “What ear to our sobbing hearts?”.


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