“Come and Chop”: Representations of the Parliamentarian in Ola Rotimi’s If and Emeka Nwabueze’s A Parliament of Vultures
Afolayan provides an analysis of the portrayal of Nigeria’s parliamentarians as corrupt in the dramatic works of two Nigerian dramatists, Ola Rotimi and Emeka Nwabueze; the two plays discussed are If and A Parliament of Vultures respectively. Adopting a close reading of the texts and Marxist aesthetics as the methodological framework, the chapter regards the parliamentarians as the bourgeois exploiting the masses. The chapter also takes a cue from Nigeria’s history, recording the parliamentarians as not only inept but also rancorous. Both playwrights employ the satiric mode in depicting Nigerian lawmakers as uncaring, wasteful and insensitive, and as vultures getting fat on the common wealth of the nation.