Tag Archives: Sozaboy

Annotated Bibliography

My conference paper is an investigation into the diasporic state conducted through an examination of the Abiku figure and other examples of ghostliness as indicators and expressions of abjection and fractured identity in Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl, Ken Saro-Wiwa’s … Continue reading

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Moral education and self-improvement in How to Become Rich and Avoid Poverty and Sozaboy

     How to Become Rich and Avoid Poverty by J.C. Anorue is a didactic text aimed at a male audience that demonstrates the steps one should take in order to achieve self-cultivation. Part religious tract, part self-help book, this text … Continue reading

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Ambiguity in Sozaboy

When reading some of the pieces for this week, I was struck by some of the insinuations or implications of ambiguity in the African novel. Ambiguity in this context contrast a set of events, letting the African novel reflect the … Continue reading

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Necropolitics in Sozaboy

In Mbembe’s Necropolitics he discusses sovereignty within the context of the post-colonial state. In doing so he goes further than past constructions focusing on a government’s ability to manipulate and physically control the bodies and/or actions of its subjects (Foucault’s … Continue reading

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Chaotic language dynamics in Sozaboy

Reading Sozaboy was an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, the most outstanding feature when reading that novel was of course Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa’s masterful use of language. The protagonist, Mene, who is an extremely naïve young man, is not … Continue reading

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Change for Thursday, and some Sozaboy secondary citations

Tomorrow we’ll discuss the novels: I’ll be in the classroom with those who read Sozaboy, and anyone reading Allah Is Not Obliged will meet in the lounge, which I’ve reserved.  I’d like to make a slight change to our agenda … Continue reading

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