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Counter-terrorism and socio-political acculturation in <i>Yerima’s heart of stone</i> and <i>Pari</i>

Stanley Timeyin Ohenhen


Ngugi Wa Thiong’o says, the writer, “must be a writer in politics”. This is an authoritative positioning, also in line with the Marxists’ maxim that the writer,  in the arts and in the theatre more particularly, must be read, or seen to be contributing committed and concerted commentaries to the day-to-day socio-  political issues prevalent in their geo-political environment. Against this background, the typical contemporary Nigerian dramatists stand out in  their commentaries through their works, toward the social, economic, political and communal acculturation and reengineering of the Nigerian space.  This paper examines the themes of anti-terrorism and socio-political acculturation in Ahmed Yerima’s Heart of Stone and Pari, against the background of  the overwhelming national challenge of growing insurgencies, terrorism, and impunities, in various parts of the Nigerian geo-political space. One-on-one  interviews, case study analysis and focused group discussions, are largely employed, and data collected, subjected to content analysis. The selected  Yerima’s works are instructively contributory to the socio-political acculturation and concientisation of the Nigerian polity against the ills of terrorism and   growing insurgencies in the society.

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