After oil: Analysis of poetic projections into post-petroleum political economy and environment of the Niger delta

  • OJ Osai


The paper subjects a forty-three-line poem titled After Oil to critical analysis within the novel intellectual framework of “poetry and politics.” It focuses on the poem's projections into the political economy and environment of the Niger Delta at the inevitable exhaustion of the deposits of fossil fuel that is currently the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. These projections are, thereafter, subjected to critical analysis, sometimes with the benefit of hindsight The paper avers that the current volatility and hostage taking, as epitomized by the activities of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and other ethnic vanguard militant groups in the region, are reflections of what the author saw in his mind's eyes in 2002. The paper concludes that the poem and the author belong in the new generation of poems and poets (of social commitment) from the Niger Delta as the poem is inundated with sociopolitical innuendoes.

Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8(1) 2005: 122-126




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