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Onanuga, Paul. 2019. Proverbs, Power and Politics: A Linguistic Analysis of Osofisan’s Yungba-Yungba and the Dance Contest. Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa 50 (2) : 50–72.
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London: Routledge


This paper studies the use of proverbs and its relationship with power and politics in Femi Osofisan's (2012) play Yungba-Yungba and the Dance Contest. The proverbs, as is customary in Yoruba society, function as conversational lubricants, and reveal diverse pragmatic implications. They also document the Yoruba ethos and mores, particularly in the face of language endangerment.