Unveiling Neocolonialism in Sino-African Relations
Femi Osofisan’s All for Catherine
Keywords:Osofisan , Sino-African relations, African theatre, neocolonialism
This article examines the artistic and political implications of Femi Osofisan’s All for Catherine, an adaptation of Cao Yu’s play Thunderstorm. Although the dialogue remains largely faithful to the original, the characters, settings, and historical contexts are artfully shifted to the Nigerian cultural context. The original play by Cao Yu primarily offers a profound critique of capitalist society, a sentiment Osofisan carries forward in his adaptation. By analysing the play’s postcolonial narrative and its portrayal of China’s image, this article provides a literary and textual analysis of African perspectives on Sino-African relations. While China may intend to play a supportive role in Africa, extending its influence and contributing to economic growth, Osofisan’s adaptation suggests a more nuanced perspective. It raises concerns about the potential for neocolonialism, where China’s investments might sometimes prioritise its own interests over the genuine development of African nations.
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