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Title:Indigenous Nigerian Oral Drama as an Instrument of Social Regulation: A Study of Ogbllo Secret Society of Idoma
Author:Amali, Idris O.O.ISNI
Geographic term:Nigeria
secret societies
folk drama
Politics and Government
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:This paper demonstrates that there is a fundamental element to rural institutions of leisure and recreation as a general pattern, which is that these institutions harbour within themselves organized anthropological and sociological control systems associated with the maintenance of ethics and morality, and in some extreme cases, the detection and prevention of crime. The focus in this paper is on the entertainment and recreational elements of the Ogbllo Night Mask of the Idoma peoples of lower Benue of Nigeria, with an excursion into the functionality of the institution. The Ogbllo Night Mask is a sacred institution which performs rural art of comic origin, the premise of which is satire, and the aim of which is to correct. The paper highlights the medium, mode, approach, and techniques through which Ogbllo executes these set objectives. As an institution of fierce and vibrant verbal expression, it employs comic sensibilities to satirize by passing ridiculous comment on social ills with the aim of correcting. In conclusion, the paper examines the intrinsic and extrinsic values of Ogbllo as an institution and its importance to national objectives. Notes, ref.