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The religious recluse of the Oro cult and Yoruba bardic tradition

By Shola Balogun This study examines the indigenous institution of the Oro cult, its organizations and the various dramatic components embedded in the nocturnal processions of its religious recluse.

Theatre Aesthetics in Pre-Colonial Africa

Dan Kitwood   By Shola Balogun To assert that the indigenous cults and rituals, as well as traditional religious festivals, are not mere ‘dramatic circumstances’, erudite scholars of African literature have carried out a lot of research extensively on the subject.

Traditional Religious Festival as Theatre

RCT photo   By Shola Balogun ‘Oro’ is a secret society whose cultic ceremony is connected with ancestral worship. Its festival performances begin with the offering of sacrifices in the shrine known as ‘Igbo Ooto’ (Oro grove).

The Tragic Conventions In African Plays

Patrick Willocq   By Shola Balogun The traditional Africa is undoubtedly communal. The passivity and conformity of the African under a compelling authority can be explained in accordance with his affirmation of self-will and perception of collective spirit. His penchant for honour is far more intricate and demonstrably cultural.

Satire and Comic Ribaldry in a Traditional African Theatre

By Shola Balogun The interplay of satire and comic ribaldry as a specified art of the traditional Yoruba gelede theatre and its aesthetic framework within postcolonial African experience can be interrogated as a provenance to the place of folk theatre in contemporary theatre arts theory and criticism.


Marc Riboud   By Shola Balogun

‘In Jerusalem’ by the Mystic Poet Siam

By Shola Balogun A mystic poet is one not only with a higher level of creative talent but also one whose spiritual vision presents both a distinct form of language and prophetic minstry, comprising love poems with revolutionary themes and protest. Mystical poetry experience,with all its stunning imageries, finds a deeper interpretation and dimension in SIAM.

‘Epic Series & Reflections’ By Simon Speak: A Review

Review By Shola Balogun

Poetry: The Yoruba world and Judeo-Christian vision

Laolu Senbanjo/Equinox   By Shola Balogun The centreplace of poetry in the Yoruba world and Judeo-Christian vision can be said to be more of a weapon and mystical experience than an entertaining art.


H D Fink   By Shola Balogun


By Shola Balogun


By Shola Balogun