AN APPRAISAL OF FOLKLORIC FORMS IN TIV PLAYS AS INSTRUMENT FOR CULTURAL EDUCATION

AN APPRAISAL OF FOLKLORIC FORMS IN TIV PLAYS AS INSTRUMENT FOR CULTURAL EDUCATION

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INTRODUCTION

1.1 Introduction

This research attempts an appraisal of folkloric forms in Tiv Plays as a vehicle for cultural

education. The purpose is to determine the effective use of these folkloric forms in the plays

as instrument of cultural education. The study is propelled by the fact that cultural values in

our society are fast being eroded to a point of going comatose. The use of isolated folkloric

forms instead of epic stories that are rooted in the culture and tradition of the people in some

plays that serve as media of cultural transmission is also a propelling factor. A particular

attention is paid to the significance of folklore as cultural material for playwriting and the

adequate use of the material as vehicle for conveying culturally relevant education in three

Tiv modern plays; Hagher‟s Swem Karagbe (1979), Gbilekaa‟s Prized Chickens are not

Tasty (2002) and Gande‟s The Rebound (2010). A close examination of the texts through

content analysis has been carried out to arrive at findings that reflect the adequate use of s

folklore in the plays in this regard.

1.2 Background to the Study

Folklore as a body of cultural materials is rooted in the socio-cultural milieu of the society. It

exists chiefly to address the basic social, cultural and individual needs of the people in the

society. Such needs according to Gbilekaa (2013:219) include entertainment, recreation,

education, and cultural perpetuation. Folklore transcends cultural and physical boundaries

and possesses universal attributes and applicability that are crucial to the understanding of

existence, and co-existence amongst people in the society. In other words, folklore is integral

in defining the histories and cultural heritage of the people be it in Africa, America, Europe

or elsewhere. Succinctly put, folklore is common to all human societies and peculiar to given

societies. It is Common in the sense that there are traditional stories, practices and cultural

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