7. DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM IN TUNDE FATUNDE’S NO MORE OIL BOOM
Inedu Emmanuel – English Department
Benue State University,
Makurdi, Benue State.
Tayol, Raphael Terhemba – English Department
Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State.
Drama serves the purpose of societal uplift through education, entertainment and, most of all, enlightenment. It is one of the genres of literature and it bears a direct representation of the day-to-day happenings in the society and recognizes the significance of the expression of repugnance against social ills in the societies. The essence of this expression is to practically map out proactive strategies to wrestle against forces of oppression, corruption and injustice and agitate for moral, social, religious and political transformation. Using Dialectical Materialism as a theoretical springboard, this paper demonstrates the above essential function of drama in an evaluation of Tunde Fatunde’s No More Oil Boom to decipher the inherent and prevalent causes of the social and political unrest that plague Nigeria. The evaluation of Fatunde’s text – No More Oil Boom – through Dialectical Materialism as a theoretical lens reveals that Nigeria’s socio-political and economic mishaps are caused by the political and elite minority. In No More Oil Boom, Fatunde demonstrates that the social and political evils committed by this group can be changed by a revolting conscientization through the conviction that the oppressed are capable of reshaping their destiny.