THEMATIC THRUST IN AFRICAN DRAMA: A SATIRICAL INTERPRETATION OF SOYINKA’S KING BAABUGaruba, A. Giwa; ISA, Asabe Raheenat (Mrs.) English Unit, ECCE, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin
School of Languages, English Department,
Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, Kwara State
The paper discusses socio-political indices in African drama: A satirical interpretation of Soyinka’s King Baabu. The objective of the paper is to expose the evils of the military in government as shown in the primary text and to explore satirist approach as inherent in King Baabu. In this respect, satire is employed as a theoretical frame work upon which the paper is hinged. The method of the analysis is analytical glued with the aim of discussing the socio –political indices inherent in the drama text. The findings show that dictatorship, selfishness, greed, bribery and corruption etc are responsible for dictatorship in the African post-colonial era an instance which was witnessed in Nigeria during military rule. The paper concludes that military government should not be encouraged in African states because of its inability to embrace democracy. The paper further recommends that African states should embrace democracy as it gives room for masses to air their voices.
Keywords: satire, military rule, dictatorship, democracy. African states .