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Yorùbá Performance, Theatre and Politics

Staging Resistance


About this book


This book explains the connections between traditional performance (e.g. masked dances, prophecy, praise recitations), contemporary theatre (Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Tess Onwueme, Femi Osofisan, and Stella Oyedepo) , and the political sphere in the context of the Yorùbá people in Nigeria.


Yorùbá performance African performance International performance critique dance history individual Maske nation performance politics resistance subject theatre tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonUK

About the authors

Glenn Odom is Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, UK. His previous publications include articles in journals such as Comparative Drama, Comparative Literature, TDR (The Drama Review) and Studies in English Literature.

Bibliographic information


“Glenn Odom’s Yorùbá Performance, Theatre and Politics creatively links the politics of ritual and theatrical performances to the rhetoric and policies of some of Nigeria’s leading nationalist politicians and civilian and military leaders from the 1950s to the early 1990s. … A major strength of Odom’s work is the rich array of ethnographic and oral sources that he uses to illuminate a Yoruba vocabulary in particular.” (John Thabiti Willis, TDR: The Drama Review, Vol. 63 (1), 2019)