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Research Article | Volume 4 Issue 5 (September, 2023)
Colonialism and Male Promiscuity in Armah’s The Healers and Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
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Sept. 4, 2023
Abstract
"Male virility in colonial and postcolonial African literature was the object of social disintegration. The conditions and representation of historical male heroes shows a difference in narration, style and characterisation between African myths, legends and epics. The Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah and the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe have not failed to address the issue of orality in their novels. This article assesses the extent to which the concept of male virility lost its prestige drastically during the British colonial hegemony. It also examines how these changes persist in an African society confronted with cultural irregularity in the texts of the two authors, which focus on the circumstances that have led the man to such an uncomfortable position as to lose his dignity in his society. He argues that revising certain African socio-cultural beliefs would be a significant asset for a more realistic vision of orality and help them be more effective in the decolonisation procedure and cultural reconstitution. As well as, it would prevent the victimisation of man by man in his society. The paper argues that the British colonial regime imposed its rule in Ghana and Nigeria through economic exploitation and the destruction of pre-existing cultures and that some defective cultures and traditional norms jeopardised the condition of man in his social milieu, which is out of step with Armah’s idealistic representation of pre-colonial Africa. "
Keywords
Male Virility- Colonial- Postcolonial- Orality- Changes- Cultural Irregularity- Ghana- Nigeria
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