Nkiruka Jacinta Akaenyi (PhD)


This study interrogates the contexts of pervasive political corruption in contemporary postcolonial Nigerian society as dramatized in Ifeyinwa Uzondu's play, A Cry for Justice. The critical thrust of the analysis focuses on the underlying thematic concerns, character dynamics, and societal reality unraveled through the momentum of the enactment. Using postcolonial theory as its analytical parameter, the study notes that poor leadership, political corruption, and the perpetuation of neo-colonial mentality are issues responsible for the multifaceted crisis that beset postcolonial societies. The analysis of the play underscores the utility of Nigerian theatre as mirrors against which society could view itself and ameliorate the endemic vices in society and corrupt activities of public officials with the resulting impact on both human and national development. The study concludes that drama could be harnessed to serve as an effective instrument for addressing corrupt practices in the society and thus recommends that drama should be utilized in the way towards fostering moral rectitude, create awareness, encourage national dialogue and promoting collective action towards a more transparent and ethical society.


Political corruption, Nigerian literature, Social justice, Government, Democracy.

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