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Protest and Post-Colonialism: A Study of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood and Devil on the Cross


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Ngugi wa Thiong’o is no doubt an important writer and certainly the most widely read in East Africa. His art is used to attain a political vision—the overthrowing of the capitalists with their acquisitive tendencies. His work is not written in line with the notion of “art for art’s sake.” Ngugi wa Thiong’o has compassion for the people of Africa and also wishes to immortalize the people of Kenya who fought for their liberation from their colonial masters, the British. He sees in the plight of Kenyans the plight of a larger number of people throughout the whole world.

This paper is therefore a study on protest and post-colonialism in two works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Etim Idongesit uses two of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s works, Petals of Blood (1977) and Devil on the Cross (1980) to discuss the three phases of the development of African Literature (pre-colonial, colonial and ultimately the post-colonial).

In this paper, Etim Idongesit attempts to look at how idealistic Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s radical and critical views about the language of African Literature, his ideology—proposing the solution to Africa’s problem that came about as a result of colonialism which in turn gave birth to post-colonialism—and also ascertain the effectiveness of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s recommendation of radical revolution to overthrow the middle class and its capitalist ethos. The author also examines one of the basic characteristics of African Literature being a literature of protest and also a germane issue in the discussion of post-colonialism.

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  • Format: Soft Copy (PDF)
  • Volume: 98 pages
  • Author: Etim, Idongesit Gabriel
  • Publisher: AfriNotes
  • Last Update: March, 2012
  • Language: English


Product Code: PRO4WDY653

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