Socio-Political Theatre in Nigeria

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This work is a study of Nigerian drama from the eve of independence to the 80s with supportive materials from Nigeria's socio-political history. It examines the appropriateness and usage of the term "Nigerian Drama" and sets limits on its meaning. It also looks at what influences the Negritude movement and independence had on Nigerian drama, and why it is important to study Nigerian drama of socio-political concern. Examines pre-Colonial Nigeria, the style of politics and electioneering that marked the first Republic, the Marxist phenomenon in drama, the effects of the civil war, and the drama that resulted. Includes play synopses, biographies of playwrights, and glossary.


"A study of just one genre -- political drama in the English language from 1960 till the present, the survey's sheer diversity of plays is astounding. Besides the perceptive analysis of the political background of the plays, the book also serves to introduce to a much larger audience than Nigerians the scope of dramatic output and the writers in the country, especially the lesser known ones like Uwa Udensi, Eze, and Tialobi, in addition to the well known figures like Ola Rotimi, Zulu Sofola, J. P. Clark, Osofisan, and Soyinka, among others. . . . does an admirable job of exploring the thematic implications of the plays in Nigeria's political context. . . . stands as an essential addition to critical works on Nigeria's and even Africa's theaters and as a valuable addition to theater curriculum." - Research in African Literatures

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