A Sociocultural Study of Christian Drama in Southwestern Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Dramatic Arts


This project investigates the evolution and development of Christian drama to understand how culture is defined, constructed, and reinforced among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria. It focuses on representations of culture in the setting, theme, plot, story, characterisation, recurrent character types, and recurrent tropes and language, and explores how such representations are used to convert the viewers and members of the audience to Christianity, thereby spreading Christianity and multiplying churches. The project argues that Christian drama is a veritable site for the transmission of religious, cultural, social, and moral values.