Ken Saro-Wiwa was just 54 years of age when he was hanged on the premise of conspiracies authored by “brass button generals”.
Allah is Not Obliged projects the picture of a dystopian world where killings are banal, modeled after Hobbesian state of nature where only the strong and mighty survive.
Notable themes in Allah is Not Obliged include superstition, war, power instability, religion manipulation, juvenile corruption, child-soldier phenomenon, cannibalism, and distorted fatalism.
In 2016, I sat for Literature-in-English in WASSCE. When the result was released, it was with relative ease that I had a B3.
The Running Woman (2003) by Kehinde A. Ayoola is a riveting story of poverty in its extreme form, its impact on an African woman and her family, and the oppressive power of the government over the helpless governed.
In The Credo of Being and Nothingness, Wole Soyinka gives his position on the world religions and the nature of their subsistence.
His songs transcend parochialism. As they appeal to African sensibilities, so do they contain universal truths.
Blackass tells a story of abrupt transformations, racial discrimination, exploitation, the working of the high classed society, and the intrusive power of social media.
Aesthetics was coined from an Old Greek word, “αἰσθητικός” which means “I feel” and implies the appreciation of beauty. It is a terminology which was coined by a philosopher, Alexander Baumgarten.
The plot agrees with three basic units which are time, place and action. There are four basic plot structures: organic, episodic, circular and in media res.
Apostrophe. I guess you must have heard of the word, “apostrophe”. In class. From your teacher. From your colleagues. Through textbooks. What do you notice about it?
Literature is like a big elephant felt by six blind men. Each one described the elephant by the part he touched. Like that big elephant, the word “literature” is open to several interpretations and in fact, polysemous.
A first time read of How The Leopard Got His Claws would probably inform its reader of a deep-seated literary meaning. The text is more than just a children’s literature. It tells a story, historical, dressed in the elegance of fable. How The Leopard Got His Claws is a political allegory and on par with George Orwell’s well-read novella, Animal Farm. The story it tells, its background and the contextual situation reveal this much.
Originally published in 1980, the novel is set in an era that witnessed a paradigm shift in societal moral values — honesty, sincerity, diligence and contentment were supplanted by corruption, deceit, laziness and greed. Expo ’77 exposes the extent to which the debasement of the Nigerian social institution and discard of societal moral values affected the educational system.
Hi literati. I trust you have been good? Are you preparing for the forthcoming examinations? I know you are. That is why yours truly has surfed the web just so you can have access to some of the recommended texts for 2021-2025 syllabus.