In Faculty Publishing this week, we are happy to report that “Weaponizing Music for Political Contestation and Rivalry in Nigeria,” a seminal work by Adaobi Vivian Duru, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Emeka Lucky Umejei, and Ikechukwu W. Eke, both at the AUN School of Arts and Sciences, has been published.
The chapter examines the political landscape through an analysis of videos involving three Nigerian politicians. The videos include the “Conqueror Dance” of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the “Elephant Dance” by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Senator Dino Melaye’s “Ajekun Iya Ni Oje.”
It argues that Nigerian political actors use dance and music as strategies to wield power and while employing tropes as performative devices to entrench mockery, intimidation, threat, vainglory, name-calling, political war and conquest, and imperialism.
Reported by Olawale Faniyi