International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 4(6), pp. 96-99, July, 2016

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2016.048


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Crisis in Modern African Political Leadership : A Study of Cyprian Ekwensi’s Beautiful Feathers


Tambari Ogbonanwii Dick, PhD


Department of English Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Email: tammysublime@gmail.com


Accepted 8 July 2016



The secularization of modern society is seen as the very basis for dictatorship and corruption as the ideology of traditionalism had been sidelined by obsession for materialism. Corruption has been the bane of post-independence West African countries. Greed for power may lead politicians to imperil the existence of the young nation states by furthering sectional ethnic solidarities and using them to foster their political ambitions. In West Africa, especially in the former British colonies, the democratic system was set up before independence was granted. After the first democratic election, the values of democracy are being undermined. This created a moral vacuum and conflict of values which left the people confused The early novels, especially the West African post-independence novels, were aimed primarily at satirizing politicians. Intolerance of political opponents is a common phenomenon in the modern political system borne out of greed and materialistic tendencies.


Keywords: Secularization, Traditionalism, Nationalism, Manichaeism

Cite This Article As: Dick TO (2016). Crisis in Modern African Political Leadership : A Study of Cyprian Ekwensi’s Beautiful Feathers. Inter.  J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 4(6): 96-99



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