The Interminable Disillusionment of Africans in Selected Novels of Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, College of Humanities, Language Studies Journalism and Communication, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



African literary works have been put to good use in a society that requires the intervention of writers to combat socio-political and economic predicaments. The objective of this article is to look at the theme of disillusionment in selected novels by Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o from various periods. Weep Not, Child (1964), Petals of Blood (1977), and Wizard of the Crow (2006) are the three novels selected. The anti-colonial struggle, post-independence disillusionment, neocolonialism, the cold war, and globalization were all key global and local paradigm-shifting circumstances in which these novels were published. The study contends that people's disenchantment should not be limited to the era following the nominal independence of African states because the disillusionment is still a concern in Africa. Thus, the study indicates that African people have been disillusioned throughout history, with the main causes being traced to several local and global contexts. The author demonstrates that the sufferings of African people did not come to an end over time; rather, they are seen as complicated. Finally, the findings imply that a comparative investigation of disillusionment in various contexts helps determine how socio-political ills evolve through time on the one hand, and looks for potential remedies to alleviate the predicaments on the other hand.


Volume 06, Issue 02
June 2022
Pages 40-49
  • Receive Date: 24 March 2022
  • Revise Date: 12 April 2022
  • Accept Date: 13 May 2022
  • First Publish Date: 13 May 2022