THE ROLE OF THE AFRICAN NOVELIST IN NATION BULDING A THEMATIC STUDY OF “VEHI-CIOSANE” BY SEMBENE OUSMANE

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  • ODO CHRISTIAN NWACHUKWU FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, EHA-AMUFU

Abstract

The African writer must have to reposition his literary vision towards solving the world global problems which include bad governance and other social vices prevalent in his society. Almost all the nations of the world including Nigeria is in one way or another bedeviled by these biting social ills. Undemocratic governance, financial crisis, lack of access to quality education, religious crisis, erosion of national consciousness, economic downturn constitute the other of the day. In the face of all these, it becomes expedient that the African novelist should pick up his literary weapon and be on the vanguard to redress the ailing situation. The focus of this paper is therefore to draw the attention of the African novelist towards developing the type of literature capable of addressing the nagging problems of his society. In this study, we have undertaken a thematic study of Sembene Ousmans famous novel Vehi-Ciosane. So as to examine to what extent and in what manner this celebrated African writer was able to address the problems of his Senegalese society. This paper recommends that African writers should refocus their work towards the burning issues in their society.

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2020-03-11

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