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Title:The African ruler's policy of 'divide and rule': a socio-political criticism through some novels
Authors:Ngitsi, KatsuvaISNI
Kayisavira, KatsuvaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:political conditions
About persons:Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013)ISNI
Ngugi wa Thiong'o (1938-)ISNI
George Orwell (1903-1950)
Abstract:Lust and greed are the themes discussed in this article, as viewed by George Orwell, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Chinua Achebe. Through their novels, respectively 'Animal Farm' (1946), 'Matigari' (1987) and 'Anthills of the Savannah' (1987), it has been proven that African leadership is in crisis due to the sense of division that characterizes the rulers. They are eager to do whatever act they like provided that power and wealth are conquered. As they lack nationalism and love, they cannot hesitate to cooperate with the former colonizer in order to re-colonize the people. Indeed, the former colonists were not happy to leave Africa. They have created puppets in order to go on exploiting and dominating. Thus, solutions and recommendations are proposed in an attempt to heal the plague that prevails in Africa today. Among them, justice and patriotism are to be resorted to for better development of Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]