A Dance of the Forests as the Inflection of Wole Soyinka’s Socio-Political Concern

By Adebisi Ademakinwa.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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We are treating "A Dance of the Forests" for many reasons. Firstly, the play was written during Soyinka’s formative years as a playwright, and it is one of his masterpieces. Secondly, it brings to the stage many fundamental issues of national interest. Thirdly, the play, written in the 1960s, codifies Soyinka’s sociopolitical commitment that is still strong even in his most recent works. We also see the plot and characterisation as signposts necessary toward understanding Soyinka’s dramaturgy. In essence, we discover that "A Dance of the Forests" remains one of the few plays in which the entire cosmos is taken up for scrutiny and it remains evergreen in its incisive insight, especially on the past, present and future of the Nigeria nation in particular. We discover that the play still has a lot of relevance to the Nigerian situation of this century.

Keywords: Independence, Angry, Oppression

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.81-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 489.896KB).

Dr. Adebisi Ademakinwa

University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

I worked for two years as a journalist.I have written eight plays, one of them " Osusu :the Story of Creation" won a Longman award in 2002 in a nation-wide creative writing competition.I have also directed many stage plays while I have acted, and stage managed plays under almost all the known theatre directors in Nigeria.I was a lecturer in the Department of European Studies, University of Ibadan. At present, I teach in the Department of European Languages and I also teach Theatre courses in the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

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