Corruption in Soyinka’s The Road and Egharevba’s The Labourers Blood



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 1.1       Background to the Study

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 Wole Soyinka and Chris Egharevba are among the Nigerian writers whose writing specifically centres on the political corruption and political disillusionment in African and Nigerian society.

Two major concepts presently bedeviling the Nigerian society today, these include corruption, violence and social vices. These two concepts through independent seem to always generate conflict in the society. Therefore, political corruption is the use of power by government officials for illegitimate and private gain. This point is seen in Chinua Achebe’s The Troubled with Nigeria he said:

There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian character…but, that Nigerian’s problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to their responsibilities (5).

Corruption in Soyinka’s The Road and Egharevba’s The Labourers Blood

He further maintains that, the Nigerian leaders are corrupt … and this consequently makes the corruption easy…and corruption is difficult to practice, the Nigerian atmosphere will be convenient for the masses. Based on Achebe’s views on The Trouble with Nigeria it is clear that nothing is wrong with the Nigerian character.

In Soyinka’s The Road and Egharevba’s The Labourers Blood, these writers believes that, Africa generally and Nigeria in particular have been portrayed simultaneously as a failed continent and a failed country, betrayed by rulers who have mismanaged its economy and destroyed its political ethics. In the bid of getting into power at all cost, writer like Kenneth Harrow maintains that;

The nation state in African today is in crisis misrule….. and corruption have danced across the land provoking widespread skepticism towards the mechanism of government and a sense of resignation over the inevitable indifference of the wealthy and powerful to the enormous social problems at hand. Globalization and Aids has spread their pandemic effects, war and economy have gained the terrain, so that walking down town or driving at night have become risky under taking in many areas one has merely to mention the words southern Sudan or eastern Congo to elicit a shrug of despair (33).

The above has shown that, the consequences of the loss of predictable political power in any society is one thing, at the national level but they are quite different.

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