Uwemedimo Atakpo


The Place of Community and Educational Theatres and Film in Conflict Resolution and Development in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria


It is obvious that in Africa, wherever natural resources are discovered and exploited, conflicts arise. This was the situation in Rwanda, Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia where gold and diamond were explored. In Nigeria's Niger delta region where crude oil is exploited, there have been armed conflicts due to the exploitation, marginalization,and under development of the region. This paper's focus is on how the community theatre (otherwise called theatre for development),university theatre, and film have become tools for the sensitisation, conflict resolution, and development in the communities in the Niger Delta region. The paper will also show how the arts have impact the communities in the region, and how arts have equally been used to open people through the minority identity creation. Theatre and film have been utilized to open up these ethnic minorities to other ethnic minorities who are equally marginalised, exploited, and under developed. Finally, the paper will show how artistic communities have been influenced by globalization and technology,and how arts have the ethical responsibility for development and as the panacea for peace in the region. The plays in focus are KEN SARO WIWA-N- THE NIGER TRIAL and WATERING THE HARD GROUND both by Uwemedimo Atakpo


Uwemedimo Atakpo, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigera. Website:www.uwemedimoatakpo.com