The research aims to investigate the role of verbal arts in the Yorùbá (an ethnic group in Nigeria) indigenous political system to show the complex relationships that exist between the verbal arts, oral artists, traditional rulers, and the Yorùbá communities under study.
The research objectives are to outline the diverse forms of Yorùbá verbal arts; to examine the nature of the Yorùbá indigenous political system; to understand how oral performers use verbal arts as instruments of power and control in the Yorùbá indigenous political system and the Nigerian politics at large; it as well addresses the following questions, but not limited to: How does the performance of Yorùbá verbal art organise, maintain, and transform Yorùbá lives, communities, and culture? Why are rituals and festivals so important in the political systems of the selected kingdoms? How does oral performance in the Yorùbá public sphere speak to the status and agency of women in Yorùbá socio-political affairs? And in what ways does gender influence performers’ style and emotional dynamics in conveying messages to Yorùbá society, and the Nigerian state at large? This research is an ethnographic research that employs participant observation, in-depth interviews, life histories, and focus group discussion methods for data collection.
The research is funded by the Nigerian government through her Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFUND) Scholarship.
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