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Title:Continuity and Change in Traditional Nigerian Theater among the Igbo in the Era of Colonial Politics
Authors:Amankulor, James NdukakuISNI
Okafor, Chinyere G.ISNI
Geographic term:Nigeria
folk drama
Architecture and the Arts
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Traditional Igbo drama and theatre in Nigeria, before the coming of the Europeans, featured within the context of the traditional community festival which required preparation and participation by the community. Festivals and ceremonies as cultural contexts for traditional dramatic performances of the Igbo were linked inextricably with their worldview. This worldview, aimed at the satisfaction of one's passage into the spirit world and the ultimate return to the human world free of blemishes and curses, was destroyed by Muslim faith in the northern and western parts of the country and by Christian religion elsewhere. Notably the early part of the 20th century was a period of organized and systematic disruption. The key to the survival of traditional drama was adaptation to the new sociopolitical atmosphere. In villages that are still remote and set aside from the modern towns, the vestiges of the traditional festival and its accompanying theatrical performances are still found. If traditional dramatic art and other indigenous performing arts are to be saved, a national policy ought to be pursued, aimed at making the traditional arts culturally relevant and meaningful in contemporary Nigeria. Ref.