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Go Back       Himalayan Journal of Education and Literature | Volume:4 Issue:4 | Aug. 31, 2023
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DOI : 10.47310/Hjel.2023.v04i04.019       Download PDF       HTML       XML

Political Prejudices in Government Issues in the Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah and the Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe


Dr Pierre Malick TINE

Department of English, Laboratory of African and Postcolonial Studies, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Sénégal

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Dr Pierre Malick TINE

Article History

Received: 20.08.2023

Accepted: 25.08.2023

Published: 31.08.2023


Abstract: This paper analyses the political prejudices in postcolonial African societies, specifically focusing on the issue of despotism and corruption in Ghana and Nigeria after independence, as in most African countries where moral decay is prevalent. The analysis follows a clear and logical structure, typical of a post-colonial African novel, with a clear progression of socio-political changes. An assessment of the political systems is present in both novels where the two writers discredit certain leaders and their policies that do not honour the essence of “independence.” The criticism is aimed at those who were involved in diminishing values during and after the Nkrumah administration. The findings indicate that the early elites of post-independent Africa were unsuccessful in implementing an efficient system to fulfil the requirements of the continent. The issue is that current African politics tends to perpetuate colonial governance. To address this, it is recommended that politicians act with greater transparency in the execution of their duties and step aside when the duty is done.


Keywords: Political Prejudices, Despotism, Corruption, Ghana, Nigeria, Post-Independent Africa


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