Revolution Theme in Ime Etuk's "Revolt of the Dogs" - Onyeji Nnaji
Many Nigerian writers of recent publications have advocated a political revolution for the solution of the country's bad leadership. This is perhaps because they represent the reasonable point of their societies. Ime Etuk's "Revolt of the Dogs" follow in this same prediction.
Every facet of the play depicts revolutionary tones. From the language of the play down to the body language of the characters in the play text all shows clear view of an upsurge of a revolutionary movement.
The title of the play positions the text fundamentally as a revolutionary work. Revolt of the dogs: for a society where humans are considered and treated like dogs instead of fellow humans, it becomes apparent that the only way for such a society to be normal is through a revolution.
Revolutionary tones showed obviously in the first movement of the play. This was followed immediately by the expected plans to execute the new born idea. Mma Iko was the initiator of the freedom the society was desiring. She set the tune for the revolution and organised men for it's practical aspect.
They employed the opportunity of the crown's announced meeting to carry out the revolution. And it worked. On the very day, Okon Itiat led the revolution alongside Mma Iko and Efa Unen. As in every revolution there must be a betrayer, Udom was in the arrangement but he chose to sabotage the revolution by revealing the whole arrangement to the clan head.
Attempts were made by the crown and his cabinet members to avert the revolution, but to no avail. The villagers gathered themselves in one bond and matched to the village square and attacked the leaders. First, they caught Udom on the way and gave him the price of betrayal and then proceeded to the meeting venue.
The crown and his chiefs sat in expectations at the village square untill the angry mob arrived and beclouded them. They chased them away from the clan and set up a new government for the people.