A Critical Analysis of Youth Restiveness in Uzo Nwamara’s Dance of the Delta
Amiriheobu, Frank Ifeanyichukwu; John Ebimobowei Yeseibo, Ph.D.

Until now, the Nigerian space has been severely challenged on many fronts - politically and economically. Mainly among these challenges is the issue of youth restiveness triggered by socio-political cum economic factors as portrayed in Uzo Nwamara’s Dance of the Delta. This issue has pragmatically threatened the existence of the Nigerian nation. For instance, some states such as Benue, Kogi, Edo, Enugu, Delta and Adamawa, are enmeshed in violence due to the activities of Herdsmen/Farmers clashes for cattle colonies. The North East is equally besieged with terrorism due to the Boko Haram insurgency; the South East is also engulfed with groups like MASSOB and IPOB agitation for self-determination; while the oil rich Niger Delta is overplagued with crises for resource control. The resultant effect of these is manifested in acts of terrorism including bombing, kidnappings, illegal oil bunkering, incessant killings etc. Among the major findings is that these situations have provided impetus for creative punches in dramatic and theatrical representations by notable playwrights. The aim of this study is to critically examine ways in which Uzo Nwamara attempt to engage the issue of youth restiveness using the instrument of drama. This thematic treatment will hopefully create positive attitude amongst Nigerians and create change in their society. Using the content analytical approach, the study interrogates Uzo Nwamara’s Dance of the Delta. The study recommends drama and theatre as a viable medium of propagating change among the masses.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.15640/ijgws.v6n2a11