True Origin Of The Yoruba Drama
language or race. It normally deals with dialogue and most times in
The origin of the Yoruba drama can be traced far back to the era when
the Yoruba people lacked the knowledge of reading-and-writing and the
use of play-script was not in existence. Those known for such classic
drama are called the Magic Masquerades (Egungun Onidan) they were
known for their public dramatic performances.
The Magic Masquerades are circus of the Yoruba version, they used to
wear funny regalias, they perform playful somersaulting and daring
magics like disappearing or transforming to something else or
something strange. The Magic Masquerades (Egungun Onidan) is said to
be very older than the Shakespearean dramatic style.
As tales of ancient days have it, the Magic Masquerades of the Yoruba
people emerged from Ologbojo, the great father of all Yoruba
masqueraders; the great masquerade's public appearances with used to
occur with his singing envoys, let to the beginning of the Magic
The Magic Masquerades were very entertaining; they would sing, dance,
pray, pay hommages, somersault, speak satire, send proverbial messages
to audience and viewers, disappear to reappear, transform to any form
of deadly animal only to become masquerade again. The Magic
Masquerades used to perform their dramatic in public places like
king's palace, marketsquare, open spaces, or in the masquerade shrine
during the masquerade festival.