Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Revolutionary aesthetics in the dramaturgy of Tunde Fatunde
Author(s): Uwem Affiah, Offiong Ene Amaku
Abstract: This essay, “Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Dramaturgy of Tunde Fatunde” calls attention to the unacceptable delineation of the Nigerian society along class lines. It portrays the inhumanity meted out to the greater majority by the privileged few. The study shows that being a committed, socially conscious dramatist, Tunde Fatunde employs revolutionary aesthetics because he has to be on the side of the masses and he has to encourage them to do all that is necessary to shake off the yoke of oppression and exploitation. The Marxist theory, which naturally triggers a search for social change, transformation and liberation, is, thus, applied in carrying out a thematic analysis of four of Fatunde’s plays, namely: No more Oil Boom, No Food, No Country, Oga Na Tief Man and Blood and Sweat. The Nigerian socio-economic and political landscape shows an unjustifiable inequitable distribution of wealth leaving the majority in appalling sub-human conditions. This study shows that the political leadership and their cronies – friends and relatives outside government - are responsible for this state of affairs. The research examines the thematic concerns of the four plays and in the process brings to full realization the sad state of affairs and agrees with the playwright that this sad state of affairs can be changed not by aid or foreign intervention but by the collective effort and will to fight of the people.