Department Of English and Mass Communication Journals


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This article argues that African literature is a didactic literature. It points out that even though African literature has borrowed so much from European literary culture, especially in the areas of form and language; didacticism is not one of those concepts that African literature inherited from the European literary culture. By didacticism, it is implied that African literature is aimed at correcting, informing and educating its readers. These functions of didacticism are inherent in African oral traditional storytelling and are carried…
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This article contends that spirits are perceived in different ways in different cultures. While some spirits are believed to take the form of animals like a horse with wings and a horn on its forehead, or a ram with a horn on its forehead, others are believed to take the form of humans with wings attached to their shoulders. One fascinating thing about these spirit creatures is that, as typical of spirits, they are at liberty to either make themselves visible…
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The paper begins by positing that African poetry in English expression has produced four generations of poets and then emphasises that the study is focused on the postmodernist generation, which is the latest generation of African poets in English expression. In the postmodernist generation, there are different kinds of poetic practices, but the one that is of interest in the paper is called a new historicist practice. This is explained as having to do with ‘the shifting and contradictory representations’ of ideas, issues or…
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This article contends that Nigeria has lost her pride among the committee of nations as a result of the nefarious activities of visionless and selfish politicians who plunder the rich human and natural resources of the country. The article investigates the causes of corruption among Nigerian politicians using the poetry of Chukwuma Ibezute. The experiences of the citizens of Nigeria in the post-colony have been a vicious cycle of series of exploitation by corrupt politicians in suits and military uniforms. The…
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This article contends that Chukwuma Ibezute is one of the 21st-century African creative writers whose narratives do not deviate from the concerns of the society but stand as a means of tackling some of the issues confronting society and this is in recognition of the fact that the 21st-century African creative writers have not failed to respond to issues affecting society in contemporary Africa literature. This entails that African literature like every other world literature is what exposes to the world the…
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This article contends that every generation has its challenges and that the first sets of people that wrestle with the challenges are the youths. In each generation, African writers make the challenges of the youths their major concerns. Like other generations, the youths of the contemporary generation are facing new societal challenges. For instance, in this generation, many youths graduate from the university without being able to demonstrate mastery of the courses they spent years to study. Using Camillus…
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This article is a ‘masculinist’ reading of Chukwuma Ibezute’s Victims of Betrayal, The Temporal Gods and Dance of Horror.The paper contends that African literature has always focused on Africa’s socio-political situation until a group of “activists in feminist movement” started agitating for a proper representation of women in literature. Unlike in Europe and America where the ideology is not challenged, in Africa it was challenged by a group of scholars who called themselves ‘masculinists’. Using Ibezute’s three novels, the ‘masculinist’…
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The paper begins by positing that African poetry in English expression has produced four generations of poets and then emphasises that the study is focused on the postmodernist generation, which is the latest generation of African poets in English expression. In the postmodernist generation, there are different kinds of poetic practices, but the one that is of interest in the paper is called a new historicist practice. This is explained as having to do with ‘the shifting and contradictory…
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Psychoanalysis as a literary theory has helped to improve understanding about “human behaviour and human mental functioning.” This is achieved through its perception of the human race as neurotic. However, with its application in poetic interpretation, poetry is perceived as an expression of displaced neurotic conflict: a consoling illusion, symptom, socially acceptable phantasy or substitute gratification. With the psychoanalytic reading of the poetry of Tanure Ojaide, an Anglophone African poet, poetry is understood as an expression of symptoms…
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This review examines issues relating to biomedical
ethics and literature in the African drama The
President’s Physician by Emmanuel Babatunde
Omobowale. The play investigates the psychological
dilemma of Doctor Bituki Warunga, a personal physician
to General Kalunga Ntibantunganyah who brutally
and inhumanely rulesWavaria, a fictional African country.
The doctor is faced with deciding to uphold the
ethics of his profession versus terminating the tyrant’s
life to set the nation free. The play aims to help budding
medical doctors rightly inculcate…
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