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PROTEST PREMISE IN DRAMA AND THEATRE OF AFRICA A SPOTLIGHT ON CULTURAL NATIONALISM

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Author(s): Dr. Benedict Binebai

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 366;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
Protest drama by its very tradition in Africa and within the context and content of this study underscores drama of correction, negotiation, elimination of bottle necks and unhealthy cultures, anti-cultural activities, of anger against bad leadership. It is also about fighting against inequality, the struggle for identity and nationalism, cultural preservation, colonial and endo-colonial disengagement, economic exploitation, cultural and political oppression and the clamour for voice and agency. Protest drama as a matter of fact aims at change, it gets involved in resistance. It is enacted to draw sympathies, to educate a people, and to pass messages across from the weak and voiceless people against oppression and victimization. Since the birth of modern African drama, dramatists have been writing protest dramas in vary-ing degrees and in many forms and manifestations. This is the cardinal problematisation of this discourse. Viewed from this discernment, most cultural plays that were never and have not been considered protest dramas have now been re-read, reinterpreted anew and redefined as protest drama in this investigation. The investigation makes the statement that the predominant driving force behind African cultural dramas across the ages is majorly predicated on protest aesthetics. Even seminal works like Myth Literature and the African World and its thesis drama Death and the Kings Horseman are written with a big philosophical protest sense to establish the African cultural identity and sense of tragedy against the Eurocentric position that Africa has no culture and tragedy that can be free of European secretion.
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