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By Björn Beckman, Gbemisola Adeoti

This ebook seems to be at diversified responses to the African situation from renowned writers like Soyinka, Ngugi, and Achebe, the army males in strength and the scholars who defy repression. It means that intervention by means of foreign organisations who declare to advertise "democracy" and "empower the early life" may possibly strengthen authoritarian attitudes and buildings, and provides voice to the outrage, ridicule, innovative passion and reformist warning of these at once affected. It additionally exposes the shallow pretences of these in energy in addition to the hypocrisy and vanity of the overseas helpers, and concludes that being an "insider" or an "outsider" is less significant than being dedicated to hear usual humans.

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Soyinka exposes the mechanisms exploited by despots to entrench themselves in power and indicts both the capitalist West and the socialist East for propping up unpopular regimes in Africa in order to prosecute their own selfish politico-economic agenda. Superpowers stir up conflicts on the African continent and sell arms to warring parties, thereby profiting from the nations’ miseries and woes. ‘All the big powers’, in Tuboum’s view, ‘make trouble’ (p. 43). They perceive and use African leaders as mere pawns on the race-riddled chessboard of the world economy and world politics and so play a significant and diabolical role in deepening the crises of Africa’s economic dependence and political instability.

Saramago, J. (1999) All the Names, trans. Margaret Jull Costa. New York: Harcourt. Soyinka, W. (1973) A Dance of the Forests, in Collected Plays, Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. — (1974a) Kongi’s Harvest, in Collected Plays, Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press. — (1974b) Madmen and Specialists, in Collected Plays, Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press. — (1975) The Man Died. London: Penguin. — (1976) Ogun Abibiman. London: Rex Collings, in association with Opon Ifa, Ibadan. — (1984) A Play of Giants.

The divide is often a factor in other considerations: place of residence, ideological affiliation, ethnicity, religion, language, and level of education. Due to deep religious conviction an oppressed person may perhaps not even recognize the oppression to which he or she is subjected. Again, there is no guarantee that the rule of the oppressed will bring about a more equitable social order. Being an oppressed person is not enough to be imbued with a sense of justice and fair play. Achebe (1987: 99) argues that progress will be ‘piece-meal, slow and undramatic’.

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