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Title:Esiaba Irobi's legacy: theory and practice of postcolonial performance
Author:Diala, IsidoreISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Geographic term:Nigeria
About person:Esiaba Irobi (1960-2010)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v042/42.4.diala.pdf
Abstract:With the death of Esiaba Irobi (1960-2010) on 3 May 2010, contemporary African theatre lost a distinguished playwright, stage director, actor, literary theorist, and scholar. Educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds, both in England, Irobi's specialization was drama, film and theatre studies. Irobi enthusiastically adapted Wole Soyinka's model which compels theatrical aesthetics deriving from an amalgam of the ethnic Yoruba tradition and the European heritage and which is anchored in Nigerian political experience. Guided by Soyinka's example, Irobi explored his own Igbo cultural background for enabling myths and artistic forms to regenerate a moribund postcolony, dramatizing typical postcolonial themes such as oppression, migration and cultural alienation, identity crisis, revolutionary violence, a revalidation of indigenous traditions, and interrogation of colonial stereotypes. But in dealing with these themes, he was engaged in an audacious recuperation of Igbo myths and performance traditions with the aim of appropriating them to facilitate crucial political projects. This article discusses the theory and practice of Irobi's work. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]