Nigerian dramatists as change agents: The trajectories in three Nigerian playwrights

  • Bernard Eze-Orji
  • Charles Osa Emokpae


The Nigerian dramatist from the days of colonial invasion has always led in the vanguard for change. Change is one phenomenon whose constancy is as  sure as the morning dew. Drama on the other hand is one veritable art form that has championed change for the socio-cultural, economic and political  development and good governance of nations. This study sets out to critically evaluate the trajectories of political change in Nigeria vis-à-vis the works of  select Nigerian dramatists. Historical and textual analysis are methods of research employed on the works of the three Nigerian dramatists: Wole  Soyinka’s Kongi’s Harvest, Femi Osofisan’s Once Upon Four Robbers and Emeka Nwabueze’s A Parliament of Vultures. This paper concludes with the view  that against all odds, Nigerian dramatists leveraging on their artistic medium have chronicled political change in anticipation for good governance over  the years in Nigeria. This has not abated even in the present democratic dispensation as they have continued to influence change especially serving as  voices to the downtrodden in the society, thereby entrenching the functions of drama, which are not only to entertain, educate, enlighten, but also to  mobilize the masses against undemocratic policies. The paper concludes that change, whether attitudinal or psychological, must first be politically  induced for every other change to fall in place.


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