Werewere Liking and the Development of Ritual Theatre in Cameroon: towards a new feminine theatre for Africa

Orlando, Valerie
January 1998
African Theatre for Development;1998, p155
This chapter focuses on dramatist Nicole Werewere-Liking and the development of ritual theater in Cameroon. African drama, in much the same manner as literature, immediately following the end of colonialism, rarely expressed the needs and concerns of women. As in the case of politics, women found themselves effaced in the often militant and nationalist rhetoric of post-colonial literature and drama. Postcolonial theme in the late 1960s to early 1970s of West Africa were masculine in nature. More traditional African productions performed as Kote-tlon dram, re-developed more actively after colonial rule in Senegal and Cameroon, also left little room for new feminine roles. Werewere-Liking has fought an uphill battle both because of her gender and her unorthodox dramatic style to tackle the aforementioned postmodern questions. Virtually alone as one of the few female dramatists of Cameroon, she has created a viable means--the stage--through which women may voice their roles and carve out their place in the postcolonial world.


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