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Zumboshi, Eric Nsuh
The re-introduction of political pluralism in the 1990s had a far-reaching effect
on the ideological orientation of most African writers and their works. This is a
literary normality because creativity does not find expression in an extraterrestrial
hemisphere but within a socio-political and cultural context. Consequently, every
political epoch produces its own art to serve as an interpretation of its activities
and times. Many African writers, during this period, used their art to clamour
for political liberalization which they hoped was going to transform their society
from the dystopian state in which it was to that of socio-economic progress.
Using Nol Alembong’s The Passing Wind (1991) and Titus Moetsabi’s Fruits and
Other Poems (1992), this paper aims at analyzing the response of African poets to
the re-introduction of political liberalism in Africa in the 1990s. In this guise, the
paper posits that most African poets of the 1990 era are committed towards the
political project of exposing anti-democratic political structures in their society.
In their critique of these structures, the poets indirectly clamour for resistance
against these structures and the strategies which are being used towards stifling
the manifest democratic sentiments in their social context.