FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL DEPRAVITY IN SELECTED AFRICAN POETRY

FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL DEPRAVITY IN SELECTED AFRICAN POETRY

Authors

  • Bartholomew Chizoba Akpah Department of Languages and Literature College of Arts and Sciences William V. S. Tubman University Harper, Maryland County, Liberia

Abstract

Financial discipline in politics presupposes accountability in the disbursement and
spending of public fund by political leaders for the growth and development of African
society. Many African leaders across the regions have failed invariably against the metrics
of accountability in the spending of public wealth. This paper hence engages a selection
of African poems that demonstrate a plethora of poetic visions in cataloguing political
and financial crimes against the suffering masses in Nigeria nay Africa. Niyi Osundare’s
poems: “The road to Abuja”, “IMF”, Tanure Ojaide’s “When the Plague Struck” and
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s “Small Desires” were critically analysed to examine the vagaries of
financial and political incongruity perpetrated against African masses. The study submits
that African literature especially poetry meditates the societal experience such as the pain,
and dislocation imposed by financial and political crimes orchestrated by languid leaders
on the suffering poor masses. Thus, African writers indirectly function as the masses’
advocate parodying and condemning corrupt leaders for inflicting political and financial
woes on the downtrodden.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Bartholomew Chizoba Akpah. (2022). FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL DEPRAVITY IN SELECTED AFRICAN POETRY. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 101–113. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/23
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