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International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(2), pp. 6 11, February, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.002



Corruption among academics: An example of Akachi-Adimora Ezeigbo’s Trafficked




Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. E-mail: dvenolasolomon@gmail.com  +2347033747951, +2348054096575


Accepted 27 January 2014




It is unfortunate to note that citadels of learning from where decorum and morality ought to diffuse to the larger society have been deleteriously affected by the seemingly insurmountable challenge of corruption. Oftentimes, politicians and political leaders are castigated for high-rate of corruption by academics, whereas, the so-called castigators themselves are not exonerated from this social malady. It is, therefore, the case of the pot calling the kettle black. Instead of choosing to be a different kettle of fish, academics have joined the enemy of the people in compounding their already unbearable pains. Adimora-Ezeigbo’s Trafficked has been examined mostly from gender perspective, while the other major issue of corruption has not been adequately dealt with. It is against the foregoing, therefore, that this paper investigates corrupt practices among academics as depicted in Trafficked. The paper is aimed at exploring the epidemics of corruption among academics. Postcolonial theory is adopted, while the examined text is subject to critical textual analysis. It is observed that Adimora-Ezeigbo diagnoses the effect of corruption in academia as it affects students, the nation and education system. Taking of bribery, making and selling of not-well-researched hand-outs, molestation and maltreatment of students form parts of the corrupt practices as portrayed in the novel.

Keywords: Corruption, academics, education sector, Adimora-Ezeigbo, Trafficked

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