Troubadour, Griot and Evangelist: The Compelling Narrative Rhetoric of ‘Erujeje’

in International Journal of Public Theology
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Abstract

The power of narratives as didactic tools, the repository of history, cultural knowledge and cultural identity is well known. Walter Fisher depicts stories as the sum of rhetorical expressions and applications of the pre-existing values of a community. Narratives and its corollaries—narrator, receptor (audience)—form a tightly woven knit. To be effective, the receptor must be complicit in the narrator’s jeu (game) which is to persuade the receptor of the fidelity and plausibility of the story. Numerous agents exploit the digital age as a new medium which has appropriated them a special niche in the arena of communication. In evangelism, Michael Fasina, also known as Erujeje, is at the heart of such a movement. This article is a treatment of Fisherian narrative and Aristotelian syllogism in an attempt to suggest that Erujeje, the Nigerian dramatist extraordinaire, combines those elements coupled with topoi familiar to his audience in order to proselytize.1

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3

Ausaf, ‘An Essay on Public Theology’, 73.

7

Walter R. Fisher, Human Communication as Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1987).

19

See W. R. Fisher, ‘Toward a Logic of Good Reasons’, The Quarterly Journal of Speech 64 (1978), 376–84; W. R. Fisher, ‘Narration As a Human Communication Paradigm: The Case of Public Moral Argument’, Communication Monographs, 51 (1984), 1–22 and W. R. Fisher, ‘The Narrative Paradigm: An Elaboration’, Communication Monographs, 52 (1985), 347–67.

23

J. L. Lucaites and C. M. Condit, ‘Restructuring Narrative Theory: A Functional Perspective’, Journal of Communication, 35: 9 (1985), 9–108 at 90.

24

Larson, Persuasion, p. 83.

26

Fisher, Human Communication as Narration, p. 105.

27

Ibid., p. 106.

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