African Culture and Performance Dynamics in the Dramaturgy of AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye


African culture and performance dynamics in the dramaturgy of AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye is an ensemble of artistic conversations that are dedicated to the cerebral scholar, Prof. A. A. Adeoye. A wide number of subject matters in the African culture and performance space are treated in the chapters with the intent to examine, and in cases of necessity, re-examine the structures and superstructures that govern them. This is done within the frescoes of the socio-political dynamism and topicality of the issues raised. Contextually, the forte of the chapters is premised on the spiral applicability of the wide range of perspectives discussed, in light of their locality, nationality and indeed, universality. Therefore, the various chapters tilt towards the poetics of glocalisation which is an unavoidable demand of the postcolonial theatre of the third world discourse. This timeless and borderless import translates the book into a castle of intellectual (artistic) distillation and effervescence.

The Form of Total Theatre Aesthetics in AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's Selected Works- Oludolapo Ojediran

Through textual perspective, the paper discusses the intertwining roles of the major components of total theatre; music, dance and dramainAbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's the Killer (A Social Drama) and the Smart Game (A Neo-alienation Script).

Social Drama and Political Discourse in the Dramaturgy of AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye's the Killers- Abdullahi, KadirAyinde

This work analyses the epic dramaturgical techniques in Adeoye's the killers and how they are influenced by the writer's commitment to nation building.

Exploring Theatre of Performance and Responsibility in AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's Neo-Alienation Style- Adenekan, 'Lanre Qasim

This paper analyses Neo-alienation as a performance style. Using Adeoye's the Smart Game to explore the dramatic aesthetics inherent in the theatrical concept.

Nation Building and Attitudinal Constructs in Nigeria's Post-Colonial Drama: AbdulRasheedAdeoye's the Killers as Paradigm - Agboola Michael

The work examines the attitudes that have impeded Nigeria's development as portrayed in Nigerian drama. With Adeoye's the Killers as the archetype, it exposes the centrifugal attitudes that have distracted the nation from its prosperity.

Ideological Projection in Adeoye's Plays: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Killers and the Smart Game- Taofiq Adedayo Alabi

The study analyses Adeoye's the Killers and the Smart Game with the aim of distilling the ideological commitment of the playwright.

Mood Choice and Modality in Adeoye's the Killers and the Smart Game- Taofiq Adedayo Alabi and Mary Titilayo Olowe

The paper examines conversational extracts from the two play-texts to explore the relationship between the dialogue and the authorial intentions for mood and modality.

Seeking Classical Parallels in AbdulRasheedAdeoye's Collective Characterisation: An Examination of Neo-Alienation's Eclecticism - Foluke R. Aliyu-Ibrahim

The study investigates the eclectic nature of Adeoye's Neo-Alienation. It presents the classical Aristotelian principle of empathy as much of an influence on the style as Brecht's Epic theatre.

Indigenous Aesthetics in the Production of Tornadoes Full of Dreams as Directed by AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye - Aponmade Ayobami Afeez

This paper discusses the influence of indigenous African aesthetics such as rituals and festivals on the directorial technique of AbdulRasheedAdeoye in his Production of Bode Sowande's Tornadoes Full of Dreams.

Drama and Social Transformation: A Study of AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's the Killers and the Smart Game - Elegba, Florence. A.

Through textual analysis, the study examines AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's social interests in his plays, the Killers and the Smart Game, using the Marxist ideology as the theoretical framework.

Religious Intolerance and Disunity in AbdulRasheedAbiodunAdeoye's the Killers (A Social Drama)-AbdulGafar Olawale Fahm,

The study examines, with Adeoye's the Killers as a case study, the role of religious intolerance and disunity as a culture of violence threatening the society and how this leads to the destruction of ethical fabrics of the society.

Questioning AbdulRasheed A. Adeoye's Feminist's View in the Smart Game and the Killers - Olayinka Magbagbeola

The study adopts the textual analysis method to analyse and question the inference of feminist's view in Adeoye's the Smart Game and the Killers. Lectalism and Code-switching in AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye's the Smart Game (A Neo-alienation Script)-Rafiu, Kamar Adewale This work examines lectalism and code-switching in the dramatic language of AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye's the Smart Game (A Neo-alienation Script).

Philosophising Adeoye's Neo-alienation Dramaturgy in the Smart Game and the Killers within African Performance Tradition – Sanni Musliu

This paper philosophises Adeoye's neo-alienation dramaturgy in the Smart Game and the Killers within African performance tradition. It examines the textuality, inter-textuality and extra-textuality of the play with the aim of regarding the playwright as a philosopher.

Character and Characterization of Omoluabi in Adeoye's the Killers - Layo Ogunlola Ph.D.

This study analyses Adeoye'se Killers within the philosophical context of the Yoruba concept of virtue.

AbdulRasheedAdeoye's Purpose and Approach to the Use of Music in Play Productions - Taiye Shola Adeola

This paper discusses the purposes and approaches of AbdulRasheed Adeoye to the use of music in his written and directed plays.

An Analysis of Director and Choreographer Collaboration in AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye's Productions - Felix A. Akinsipe

The paper explores the cordiality, constraints and prospects in the collaborations between choreographers and directors with particular reference to the productions experienced with Adeoye as a director.

Ritualising the Dramaturgy of Neo-alienation style in Selected plays Directed by AbdulRasheed Abiodun Adeoye- Arinde, Tayo Simeon

The paper examines the distinctive ingenuities in AbdulRasheed Adeoye's directorial style, Neo-alienation using two selected plays; Bode Sowande'sTornadoes Full of Dreams (1990), and Kola Ogunmola's Palmwine Drinkard (1972).

Theatre, Culture and Society – Elolo Gharbin

The paper investigates circumstances in which Western nations tend to influence the cultures of the less endowed cultures. It also seeks to analyse the power of theatre in strengthening the bond between nations and cultures.

A Comparative Analysis of Content and Themes of Ghanaian and Nigerian Home Video Industries- NAI, Samuel Anyetei

The study compares the content and dominant thematic preoccupations in Ghanaian and Nigerian Home Videos, vis-à-vis the cultural, sociological and political nature of the societies from which they were created.

Conceptualising Jimi Solanke's Theatre for Development Practice- Taiwo Afolabi

This paper analyses evaluates and presents the work of Jimi Solanke, a theatre practitioner who is not within the academic institution but has contributed immensely to the development of TFD in Nigeria.

An Ecocritical Reading of Camara Laye's the African Child –Moussa Traoré

The paper unearths how Ecocriticism is at the centre of the African Child, by scrutinising certain factors like recycling, the forest and its role in the initiation of the young ones in the community and many other practices that are related to Ecocriticism.

Examining the Impacts of Colonial Film Legacies on the Nigerian Film Industry- Osunkojo Adeola Abiodun

This paper examines the origin of colonial films in Nigeria and how their production became a foundation of the emergence of the Nigerian lm industry.

The Religious Philosophy Regarding Retribution in Aeschylus Oresteia - Elolo Gharbin

The study analyses Aeschylus'Oresteian trilogy with the aim of identifying the solution to the retribution as observed in classical Greece.

Style and Language in the Yorùbá Indigenous Dramatic Tragic Plays: Insights from Rẹrẹ Run by ỌladẹjọOkediji – Òkéwándé Oluwọle Tẹwọgboye

This study examines the use of style and language of the actors in Rẹrẹ Run and stylistic use of songs in the text in order to demonstrate the effect of these stylistic dramatic elements in the text.

Stand-Up Comedy as an Alternative Theatre Practice in Nigeria - Helen Paul

The study examines some selected Stand-up comedy acts and programmes in Nigeria in recent years so as to appropriately evaluate the strategies for their successes with a view to recommending such towards the invigoration of the live theatre tradition in Nigeria.

(De)Construction of Language of Environmentalism and Resilience of the Poor in Some Selected Commonwealth Movies - Afutendem Lucas Nkwetta

This paper analyses No Mercy (2016) by Obi Olisa and the Liquid Black Gold (2013) by Aniekwe Ikenna Emma with the aim of portraying the vital role the poor play in fighting to protect the environment and mitigate climate change.

The Socio-Cultural and Economic Impacts of the New Yam Festival in Boki Local Government of Cross River State - Odeigah, Theresa Nfam

This study examines critically the socio-cultural and economic impacts of the New Yam Festival in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, using historic-structural and multidisciplinary approaches.

A Critical Overview of the Principles and Characteristics of Islamic Literature - Lateef Onireti Ibraheem & Aliy Abdulwahid Adebisi

The study posits that Islamic literature, as a sub-literary tradition emanating from Muslims, consistently conforms to Islamic ideology and is characterized by truthfulness and service to humanity.

Media Roles in Harnessing Art for Peace Building in Improving Socio-Cultural Community Life- Silas Oghenemaro Emovwodo

This paper highlights how media can harness art for peace building and sustenance to improve socio-cultural community life.

Indigenous Knowledge System and African Musical Art Education: Toward a Responsible Pedagogy - Odujobi 'Kayode

This paper is an attempt to explore indigenous knowledge system and the aspect of content in-built of the musical art education as reflected in the Cultural and Creative Arts curriculum.

Re-Reading Spectacles: Historicizing Occupy Nigeria- Dotun Ayobade

This paper examines the arts of the Occupy Nigeria protest at the Lagos site, how performances enacted around the protest grounds became performative expressions of subaltern identity that ultimately shaped the protests.

Identity and Politics in Nigerian Dance Practice and Scholarship: A Critical Examination- Kene Igweonu.

This paper examines questions of identity and politics in Nigerian dance practice and scholarship. It uses A Ritual for Survival (1989) by Peter Badejoas a metaphor to contend that there is a need to revisit the issue of identity and politics in Nigerian dance practice and scholarship.

Conclusively, the chapters highlighted above are critical summations of creative masterpieces that are engineered towards the need to build, re-build and re-appraise the interrelations between man and his culture, man and his social realities as well as man and his religious activities. While this book explores the sociological, cultural, political, economic, etc., activities of a nation, it is a reminder of the functionality and dysfunctionality of the society. It also discusses the role of art and the artist in identifying and correcting the various ills and vices therein. However, this book is recommended for everybody.

Professor Ayobami Olubunmi Akinwale

The Department of the Performing Arts

University of Ilorin Ilorin Kwara State

Collaborating Department: 
Department of the Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State