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Title:Form and function of satire in Yoruba drama
Author:Adedeji, J.A.ISNI
Year:1967
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:61-72
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:drama
Abstract:The basic need for satire in the Yoruba society is for exercising certain controls and maintaining equilibrium and peace of mind. In Yoruba society, satire is manifest in three dramatic performances: ritual, festival and entertainment. The pattern and the aesthetic medium which embodies the satirical element and also the means through which it is communicated are demonstrated in this article. In the social context instances of satire were: the Yoruba operatic play 'Strike and Hunger' (referring to the general strike of 1945) and 'Yoruba Ronu' (exposing to ridicule those who were privileged by the circumstance of political chaos in the Western region in 1964 to assume the reins of government), both staged by Hubert Ogunde, the leader of the Yoruba Operatic Movement. Notes.
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