International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(9), pp. 203-209, September, 2014

ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.022


The Notions of ‘Victims' in Some Plays by the Nigerian Playwright Foluke Ogunleye


Taye Awoyemi


Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Redeemer's University, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria.

E-mail: ayomideinde@gmail.com


Accepted 2 September 2014


The Nigerian playwright Foluke Ogunleye's professional career spans over three decades; she has been relevant in playwriting, directing, and the emerging aesthetics of the African video genre. This article examines Foluke Ogunleye´s activity in the field of playwriting, it discusses what makes a person identifiable as a victim, and what attitude they adopt to end their ordeal. Leaning on Wollstonecrafts's philosophy that women take charge emotionally and intellectually, if not economically, the paper examines women as victims of a patriarchal society that does not allow them any kind of independence. The paper uncovers the concern of the playwright for the children, particularly girls. Theatre for Development (TfD can be helpful when discussing issues like abortion, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation in order to drive home the message. It is recommended that more scripted plays should evolve from Theatre for Development programmes that address sensitive, but essential information on knowledge concerning female anatomy and matters.

Keywords: Nigerian playwrights, feminism in Africa

Cite This Article As: Awoyemi T (2014). The Notions of ‘Victims' in Some Plays by the Nigerian Playwright Foluke Ogunleye. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 2(9): 203-209


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