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Title:Oral Tradition and the Contemporary Theater in Nigeria
Author:Adedeji, Joel A.
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:drama (form)
oral literature (form)
Education and Oral Traditions
Architecture and the Arts
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3818202
Abstract:The contemporary theater in Nigeria is the product of two theatrical developments which originated in the communities of the Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria. The theater in Yoruba language originated from the society of masqueraders around the middle of; the 16th century. The theater in English language is the product of Western educational movement and acculturation. The works of Hubert Ogundo and Duro Lapido as representatives of the theater in Yoruba and those of Wole Soyinka and Ola Rotimi as representatives of the theater in English are examined in an attempt to determine the contribution of oral tradition to the development of the theater as an institution in contemporary Nigeria. Notes.