The Politics of the Novel in the Niger Delta: From Kaine Agary to Chimeka Garricks

Uchenna Ohagwam


Politics is a vital aspect of Nigeria’s development from 1960s to present. It is central in any discourse on the Niger Delta. Oil has been the bane of modern Nigerian politics; and a good number of the government’s policies, programmes and interventions are interpreted as conscious move to access and control oil money. Since political power translates into automatic ownership of the oil and the soil that bears it, then the scramble for oil resources has opened a new vista in the Nigerian political calculations. This assumption is predicated upon the political dimension of some of the issues raised in the Niger Delta literature. Working within the context of ecocriticism and Rob Nixon’s idea of slow violence, the study seeks to examine the treatment of political issues in the Niger Delta novels of Kaine Agary’s Yellow-Yellow and Chimeka Garricks Tomorrow Died Yesterday, and how these issues affect developmental efforts in the region. The study concludes that political leadership can become a catalyst for national development and transformation when rightly steered.

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