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Post-Colonial Practice in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

Chris K. Ukande

Abstract


The fact that colonialism has come and gone in Africa, does not mean that it has taken along with it all the draconian effects it has on the continent of Africa. Therefore, African writers in order for them to get out of a gridlock situation that colonialism has placed on the continent of Africa, have decided to look for means and ways towards a recuperation and re-affirmation of a past that was distorted by such effects. One of such ways is using the lens of post-colonialism to look in wards and make possible use of the things that identify them as Africans especially, in their literary productions. Thus, post-colonialism is a positive means of communicating to the West, and letting them understand that no culture should be undermined on the basis of racial divide. The textual analysis of this study is based on the post-colonial discourse parameters of appropriation, abrogation, untranslated words, hybridity and affiliation. The paper concludes therefore, that it is only when African people’s culture and identity are respected by especially those who are non-Africans, that there can be true termination of the colonial process in African continent, as this is the main gamut of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s writing in Purple Hibiscus.



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