Ayo Kehinde

Ayo Kehinde
University of Ibadan · Department of English

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Contemporary African nations are plagued with hegemonic, despotic, and unchallengeable leadership which is a major bane of meaningful development and growth to the black race in general. People often groan under such myopic leadership. In solving leadership crisis, which is like a deadly disease, Ahmed Yerima in his play metaphorically suggests dea...
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The burden of this review essay is to explore the enabling features, contents and strengths of a critical tour de force, The Postcolonial Lamp: Essays in Honour of Dan Izevbaye, edited by the duo of Aderemi Raji–Oyelade and Oyeniyi Okunoye. The exploration is anchored in the basic tenet of reader-response theory, and the methodology is analytical,...
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This timely and provocative book addresses the controversial issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) and offers innovative and practical strategies for curbing its practices across the globe. It is arguably the first edited volume of essays on FGM as a literary theme. The contributors empathize with the victims of FGM and show their rage toward th...
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Various literary critics have dwelt on the nature, tenets and trends of commitment in Nigerian literature. However, there is paucity of studies on the imaginative narration of the impediments facing the actualization of the public sphere in postcolonial Nigeria. This paper examines the strategies and techniques of representing the failed promise of...
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This article argues that J. M. Coetzee's works assume the dignity and central position of the disabled in the universe. It operates, in the main, from the template provided by one of Coetzee's novels in which a disabled character appears centrally and is even the eponymous hero. The Life & Times of Michael K (1983. London: Penguin) is read as a pos...
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This is a groundbreaking study of several current trends in studies of the African novel, as well as an analysis of some of the assumptions driving earlier work in the field. Moving from an African-oriented theoretical underpinning, Palmer focuses on the aesthetics, thematic preoccupations, and criticism of the contemporary African novel in a way t...
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Various literary critics have dwelt on the nature, tenets, and trends of commitment in Nigerian literature. However, there is paucity of scholarly studies on the representation of the failed promise of the public sphere in postcolonial Nigerian fiction. This essay, therefore, examines the strategies and techniques of representing the emasculated ho...
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v>Although Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River has received considerable critical attention, the focus has been mostly on the issue of diasporic/exilic consciousness in the novel. However, its dialogic strain, the constant, endless intentional and value-laden dialogue intowhich it enters has not been adequately recognized. This critical gap forms t...
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In a situation where two or more languages and cultures are in contact, there is bound to be linguistic and cultural interference. This is the situation with African literature of English expression where important socio-cultural habits and traits are expressed in a foreign language. Based exclusively on the examples from Femi Fatoba's My ‘Older’ F...
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Graham Greene was undoubtedly one of the most gifted and acclaimed novelists of the War/Post-war era in Britain. His novels reflect a constant search for new novelistic modes of expression capable of visualizing the disillusionment and malaise of the modern world. According to Waldo Clarke (1976), an enduring trait of Greene's fiction is the willin...
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This paper critically examines post-independence Nigerian literary writers' engagement with the issue of misgovernance in their country. The essay contends that what is grounded in most post-independence Nigerian writings is a bewildering amalgam of socio-political contingences and economic realities which bedevil the country as a result of misgove...
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In this paper, an attempt is made to examine the ways in which an African city (Lagos) is written about in the works of African writers in Europe. The paper relies on the templates provided by selected short stories of the London-based Nigerian writer (Ben Okri) and Chika Unigwe, the Nigerian writer who lives with her Flemish husband in Turnhout, B...
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This paper analyzes the socio-political status of African women with regard to notions of femininity, masculinity, and sexism. The discursive strategy involves a concept of feminism that deploys psychoanalytic theory. It also relies on sociological and anthropological analytical tools. The paper critically examines a J. M. Coetzee novel - In the He...
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The emergence of postmodernist fiction in Africa has become both a literary phenomenon and an answer to the all-important question of evolving a style that adequately presents the subject matter. Plagued by the density and morbidity of societal ills, the African novelist rises to the challenge by coming out with a new style that literally oozes out...
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African writers have an enduring propensity for social and political commitment. Their texts mostly reflect and refract the socio-political events in their societies. Initially, African literature was a tool for celebrating the heroic grandeur of the African past; later it was used for anti-colonial struggle. Presently, it is being employed as a ve...
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This paper critically examines the basic assumption that in the modern novel, there is always an interface between text and context. The text is the signifier, while the context is the signified. Thus, a text is a sign system, a signification and a symbol. That is, it relies heavily on the total environment in which it unfolds. With this framework,...
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case study of Meja Mwangi's case study of Meja Mwangi's case study of Meja Mwangi's "Kill me Quick" "Kill me Quick" "Kill me Quick" "Kill me Quick" "Kill me Quick" Abstract: African writers have an enduring propensity for social and political commitment. Their texts mostly reflect and refract the socio-political events in their societies. Initially...

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