APPRAISING NIYI OSUNDARE’S THE STATE VISIT IN AN ERA OF POLITICAL RECKLESSNESS

APPRAISING NIYI OSUNDARE’S THE STATE VISIT IN AN ERA OF POLITICAL RECKLESSNESS

Authors

  • Naomi Kehinde Ibitoye-Ayeni College of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, Kabba, Kogi State
  • Josephine Olushola Oyinbo Department of English and Literary Studies Federal University, Lokoja

Keywords:

Drama and politics, Nigerian literature, Marxism,, Niyi Osundare

Abstract

Sociopolitical fervor pervades the content of modern Nigerian literature. There have
been evident literary representations of the sociopolitical injustices in Nigeria and other
countries in the Africa continent. The vision of the writer is to encourage the birth of
a developed society that caters for the needs of her citizens. Nigerian playwrights, for
instance, have explored leadership tussles, mal-administration and corruption which
have dominated different military and civilian rules in Nigeria. This study examines the
depravities of military dictatorship and maladministration in Niyi Osundare’s The State
Visit. The play is subjected to critical analysis, revealing the salient issues that constitute its
centre stage. The study employs Marxist theory to investigate the economic exploitation,
social disparity and dialectal materialism that form the locus of the play. A close reading of
the characters in the play reveals cases of political oppression, tyranny, corruption, poverty
and revolutionary struggle for a more improved society. By implication, members of the
oppressed class take some radical steps to redeem themselves. The playwright reveals that
the poor socioeconomic condition of the Nigerian masses is triggered by the recurrent
exploitation and brazen corruption manifested by the politicians.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Naomi Kehinde Ibitoye-Ayeni, & Josephine Olushola Oyinbo. (2022). APPRAISING NIYI OSUNDARE’S THE STATE VISIT IN AN ERA OF POLITICAL RECKLESSNESS. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 75–84. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/21
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