Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2019)
The playwright as child advocate: An analysis of chris Nwamuo’s the last song
Author(s): Jayne Owan
Abstract: Children who are the most important segment of any society are also among the most vulnerable. As a result, they are entitled to certain human rights that serve as a means of protecting them against abuse. This paper explores how the playwright acts as an advocate for the child through his creative work. Chris Nwamuo’s The Last Song is selected for this study. Through in depth analysis, it reveals that both parents and society in general, have a responsibility to protect the child from psychological and physical abuse. The play also portrays the dual role of government, not only as child rights protector through policy documents, but also as upholder of the law which punishes offenders of child rights abuse. Furthermore, this paper establishes that by re-enacting some of the abuses meted out on the child and the catastrophic physical and psychological effects on the unfortunate victim, the playwright supports his belief in child advocacy and hopes for a positive change which can only be brought about through the efforts of government and relevant stakeholders.