Marxist Strategy in Contemporary East African Play: A Deconstructive Reading of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo’s the Trial of Dedan Kimathi


    The relevance of drama to the society since its invention in classical time has never been in doubt. In contemporary times however, drama has been instrumental to numerous transformations in society some of which include social, cultural, religious and political conscientisation and mobilisation of the masses against oppressive class in society, including imperial domination in Africa. The aim of this paper is to discuss the application of Marxism to the discussion of contemporary issues of relevance in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo’s The Trial of Dedan Kimathi. The main finding of this paper is, while not ignoring the traditional role of the Neo ne gritituditionist philosophers of the 1930s, the playwrights have correctly applied Marxism as creative strategy in the recreation/reconstruction of imperialists domination of Kenya of the 15th and 16th centuries. We conclude that the play is successful in its autistic representation of Kenya in colonial situation.

    Keywords: Kenya, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Micere Mugo, Marxist theory, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi

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    author/Felix E. Gbenoba, PhD

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3