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EZENWANEBE, Osita Catherine

The Dramaturgy of Cultural Diplomacy in Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel: Implication for Nigerian Video Films

Osita Catherine EZENWANEBE, PhD

Department of Creative Arts

University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria

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The paper explores the method of crafting incidents in plays that provoke interest in the culture recreated for audience education and entertainment. How does a playwright or screen writer craft his art to ensure that he builds and tailors the audience’s interest towards favourable response to the culture? The creative genius of the artist has the power to arouse or stir audience’s interest in the culture he recreates, to build it up and channel it toward identification with the cultural ambassadors in the work. How a creative artist succeeds in doing that constitutes his dramaturgy; and it is the task of the researcher to unravel how Wole Soyinka did that excellently well in The Lion and the Jewel and to discuss the implication to Nigerian video films.


Osita Catherine EZENWANEBE, PhD is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts in the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has a B.A in English Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; two Master of Arts Degrees in English Literature (Drama and Society) and in English Language (Nigerian English), and a PhD in English Dramatic Literature (Drama and Society) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has produced and published six plays including, Withered Thrust, The Dawn of Full Moon, Giddy Festival, Daring Destiny, and Adaugo (Daughter of an Eagle). Osita is a Senior Fulbright Scholar, a Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, USA (2011/2012).