Theatre for Development (TFD) and Strategic Repositioning of Semi-Urban Community: The Study of oke-odo Community in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State. Nigeria

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article
  • Michael, Komolafe Ayodele
Journal: Journal of Arts, Humanities and Diplomacy Volume: 4
Number: 2 Pages: 26-44
Month: December
Theatre for Development (TfD,) is research based with all its indices in communities either rural, semi-urban, urban or cosmopolitan. TfD is used as a potent weapon of change which has the capacity to bridge the gap of inequality by mobilizing and providing acceptable norms of education, and through information and pedagogy community theatrical awareness has the capacity to accelerate conscientization in politics, religion, health, economy, business just to mention a few areas. Theatre for development (TfD) projects could focus on poverty, ignorance and disease or issues that border on rural or urban community development problems ranging from health to agriculture to infrastructure in the field of repositioning, strategic layout and communication development. All these are achieved not by alienating the people but in tandem and a symbiotic network relationship with the people. Hence, this type of theatre is people oriented, talks with the people, while the people eventually wield it, use it, force it to bring issues dialectically to the fore. The aim of this paper is to give a first hand report and analysis of an experience in theatre for development with the Oke-Odo inhabitants in Ijebu-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos state, Nigeria. The ten-day project ended restrategizing with the people that would reposition them in the state. The methodology was a departure from what used to be with innovative tenets.