Exploring History, Myth and Politics: A Study of Soyinka's A Dance of the Forests

Haseeb, Ahmed (2012) Exploring History, Myth and Politics: A Study of Soyinka's A Dance of the Forests. New Voices, an International Refereed Journal, 2 (1). pp. 135-137. ISSN 2231-3249

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Nigeria got independence on 1 Oct 1960. Prior to 1960 there was no entity called Nigeria. It was a British creation. Four different provinces under the British rule during the colonial regime were amalgamated and Nigeria was formed. There are four major ethnic groups in Nigeria viz. Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, and Ibo. Wole Soyinka, winner of Nobel Prize in 1986, comes from Yoruba tribe which is known for its rich culture, tradition and myth. Soyinka uses this history, myth and political uncertainty of Nigeria optimally in dramatizing the events in A Dance of the Forests. A noted African critic Achebe says: "Nigeria is one of the most disorderly nations in the world… most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient places under the sun… It is dirty, callous, noisy and vulgar.”1 Thinkers and writers were doubtful whether Nigeria could survive as a free political entity. They believed that the social evils (corruption, promiscuity, irresponsibility) prevalent among the people as well as the ruling class must be shunned. It would depend upon their moral strength. Soyinka has presented this reality through A Dance of the Forests, a dramatic representation staged on the occasion of Nigerian independence. Divided into three parts, it is a very complex play with a very complicated structure. The action swings from the present to the past and again to the present.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: English Language
Divisions: College of Education - Zahran Al-Janoub > English Language
Depositing User: Dr Haseeb Ahmed Abdul Majeed
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 16:44
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 16:44
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/1914

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