On November 10, 1995, the Nigerian military government under General Sani Abacha executed dissident writer Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight other activists, and the international community reacted with outrage. From the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists (who called the executions a criminal act of state murder) to governments around the world (including the United States) who recalled their ambassadors, to the Commonwealth of Former British Colonies, who suspended Nigeria from the group, the response was quick, decisive, and nearly unanimous: Nigeria is an outcast in the global village. The events that led up to Saro-Wiwa's execution mark Nigeria's decline from a post-colonial success story to its current military dictatorship, and few writers have been more outspoken in decrying and lamenting this decline than Nobel Prize laureate and Nigerian exile Wole Soyinka.
In The Open Sore of a Continent, Soyinka, whose own Nigerian passport was confiscated by General Abacha in 1994, explores the history and future of Nigeria in a compelling jeremiad that is as intense as it is provocative, learned, and wide-ranging. He deftly explains the shifting dramatis personae of Nigerian history and politics to westerners unfamiliar with the players and the process, tracing the growth of Nigeria as a player in the world economy, through the corrupt regime of Babangida, the civil war occasioned by the secession of Biafra under the leadership of Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, the lameduck reign of Ernest Sonekan, and the coup led by General Sani Abacha, arguing that "a glance at the mildewed tapestry of the stubbornly unfinished nation edifice is necessary" to explain where Nigeria can go next. And, in the process of elucidating the Nigerian crisis, Soyinka opens readers to the broader questions of nationhood, identity, and the general state of African culture and politics at the end of the twentieth century. Here are a range of issues that investigate the interaction of peoples who have been shaped by the clash of cultures: nationalism, power, corruption, violence, and the enduring legacy of colonialism. In a world tormented by devastation from Bosnia to Rwanda, how do we define a nation: is it simply a condition of the collective mind, a passive, unquestioned habit of cohabitation? Or is what we think of as a nation a rigorous conclusion that derives from history? Is it geography, or is it a bond that transcends accidents of mountain, river, and valley? How do these varying definitions of nationhood impact the people who live under them? Soyinka concludes with a resounding call for international attention to this question: the global community must address the issue of nationhood to prevent further religious mandates and calls for ethnic purity of the sort that have turned Algeria, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sri Lanka into killing fields.
Soyinka brings a lifetime of study and experience to bear on his writing, combining the skills of a poet and playwright with the astute political observations of a seasoned activist. An important and timely volume, The Open Sore of a Continent will be required reading for anyone who cares about Africa, human rights, and the future of the global village.
"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.
Ravaged by the most brutal dictatorship in its history, Nigeria is at a crossroads. While General Abacha's regime generates the very chaos it claims to be controlling, the country's institutions and moral fiber are disintegrating. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigeria's invent-from-the-top government is to blame. With each new cabinet, the government reinvents itself, leaving the country without purpose or direction. As the country doubles its population every 22 years, the military may become even more repressive. Soyinka believes that Nigerians are "primed for a campaign of comprehensive civil disobedience," and offers an ethical map to guide the country out of despair.About the Author:
About the Author:
Wole Soyinka, an internationally acclaimed playwright, essayist, and memoirist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. In exile from his Nigerian homeland, Soyinka divides his time between London and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of Collected Plays, Dance of the Forests, The Lion and the Jewel, The Road, Kongi's Harvest, and Three Short Plays (all OUP).
"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New. 100% Money Back Guarantee! Ships within 1 business day, includes tracking. Carefully packed. Serving satisfied customers since 1987. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000020147
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. 1st Edition.... Oxford University Press, 1997. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New in price clipped dust jacket. An unread copy. 0.0. Nº de ref. de la librería 4648
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. THE BOOK IS NEW IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. INCLUDES DUST JACKET.MAY HAVE MINOR SHELF WEAR. FORMER LIBRARY BOOK.MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE. FAST SHIPPING. WE OFFER FREE TRACKING NUMBER UPON FAST SHIPMENT OF YOUR ORDER. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU ASAP. Thank you for your interest. Nº de ref. de la librería 0195105575-N
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,Fast Shipping With Online Tracking, International Orders shipped Global Priority Air Mail, All orders handled with care and shipped promptly in secure packaging, we ship Mon-Sat and send shipment confirmation emails. Our customer service is friendly, we answer emails fast, accept returns and work hard to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction!. Nº de ref. de la librería 9033328
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0195105575
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110195105575
Descripción Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0195105575 New Condition *** Right Off the Shelf | Ships within 2 Business Days ~~~ Customer Service Is Our Top Priority! - Thank you for LOOKING :-). Nº de ref. de la librería 2BOOK1P50279
Descripción Oxford Univ Press, New York, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. First Printing, Condition Asnew: Bought New By Me And Signed In Person For Me By Soyinka. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 028388