Ngugi And Post Colonial Africa History Politics And Morality In Petals Of Blood And MatigariJournal: International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (Vol.2, No. 9)
Publication Date: 2013-09-25
Authors : Cecilia Addei; Cynthia Osei; Felicia Annin;
Page : 164-171
Keywords : Index Terms history; politics; morality; post-colonial; post-independence;
Abstract Life in post - colonial Africa is characterised by a great deal of political disillusionment and social corruption. The post-independence era of Africa is bedevilled with social corruption autocracy foreign-dominated economy as well as the betrayal of human ideals among others. For the masses in many African countries the post colonial era did not offer them anything too different from the colonial era itself. The only difference however is that their white colonial masters have simply metamorphosed into their own natives the elite few who have assumed control. In other words it is a period of change of batons where white colonial masters have given way after independence to black masters lording it over their fellow black men. To these black masses therefore the dream of freedom after independence is simply a mirage. African writers can simply not ignore what they see around them and since works of literature are often inspired by contemporary issues they began to write and the novel therefore became a vehicle of strong social and political satire. Ngugi Wa Thiongo is among such writers whose works are characterised by an unmistakable note of criticism against perceived unacceptable social practices. In his two novels that have been used for this study Ngugi has tried to chronicle the events that took place in his country Kenya after independence.
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