Literature is said to be the index for measuring social commitment both for the artist and the
society it seeks to sanitise, and by this, Abiigbo, as a traditional oral performance for social
commentaries becomes relevant. This study investigated Abiigbo in relation to revolutionary
advocacy, as it affects the leadership and followership styles in our contemporary Nigerian
society. An attempt was made to analyse the language features of Abiigbo in order to expose and
express the realities of our time, using the functionalist and descriptive linguistic approaches. It
argues that Abiigbo is an oral performance that uses singing, chanting, dancing and miming
modes to make social commentaries. The study reveals that Abiigbo uses satire, lament and
protest as thematic devices to lend itself to revolutionary advocacy. The study identifies the use
of metaphors, repetitions, parallelisms, and rhetorical questions as major literary devices
employed by Abiigbo poets in explicating revolutionary advocacy. The paper holds that since
satiric poetries like Abiigbo are informative, educative and entertaining, as well as have the
capacity to instill discipline in the younger generations at early childhood development; it should
be incorporated as a dominant aspect of citizenship education in the school curricula.
Keywords: Abiigbo, Mbaise Igbo, revolutionary advocacy, social commitment, functionalist and descriptive linguistics.