Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2020, Page: 73-81
Discursive Strategies in Selected Political Campaign Songs in Southwestern Nigeria
Ayo Osisanwo, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Received: Nov. 26, 2020;       Accepted: Dec. 8, 2020;       Published: Dec. 22, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.cls.20200604.12      View  55      Downloads  37
Discursive strategies are often deployed to create awareness, capture and persuade electorate in political campaign songs. Existing scholarly works on political and electoral issues have examined different aspects of political discourses but have not sufficiently examined the import of political campaign songs in electoral and political discourses. Therefore, this paper examines the use of political campaign songs in southwestern Nigeria with a view to identifying the discursive strategies deployed to persuade the electorate. The YouTube Channel was visited in order to retrieve the transcript of political campaign jingles used during the 2011, 2015 and 2019 general elections in southwestern Nigeria. The selected period comprised the most recent general elections in the region. Guided by relevant aspects of the socio-cognitive model of critical discourse analysis, data were subjected to discourse analysis. The analysis uncovers the vital relationship existing between the political campaign songs and the Nigerian socio-cultural spatial setting that produced them. Eight discursive strategies: allusion (historical, religious/biblical, socio-cultural), propaganda, indigenous/native language usage and code alternation, reference to collective ownership, figurative/proverbial expressions, adaptation of common musical tune, and rhythmicity were identified. Politicians use different discursive and rhetorical strategies in their political campaign songs to open the door to the heart of the electorate.
Discursive Strategies, Discourse Analysis, Political Campaign Songs, Southwestern Nigeria
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Ayo Osisanwo, Discursive Strategies in Selected Political Campaign Songs in Southwestern Nigeria, Communication and Linguistics Studies. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2020, pp. 73-81. doi: 10.11648/j.cls.20200604.12
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