African Politics: No Longer at Ease by Obi Okonkwo Essay

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In Africa, the interests of various individuals and groups have transformed the possession of power into nightmarish dimensions due to the flaws in the political structures of the societies. Although some of these degenerative weaknesses have been explained by historical experiences, there still remains the fact that the progressive development of any society depends on a conscious pruning of flawsin the organizational structure of the society by those with the power to provide guidance and direction. Moreover, this burden of leadership could elicit either patriotic parasitic tendencies in the utilization and exercise of power. (Ehling 23-25)
According to Steven Gale in his Critical Commentary ‘Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease’ where he
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In Africa, the interests of various individuals and groups have transformed the possession of power into nightmarish dimensions due to the flaws in the political structures of the societies. Although some of these degenerative weaknesses have been explained by historical experiences, there still remains the fact that the progressive development of any society depends on a conscious pruning of flawsin the organizational structure of the society by those with the power to provide guidance and direction. Moreover, this burden of leadership could elicit either patriotic parasitic tendencies in the utilization and exercise of power. (Ehling 23-25)
According to Steven Gale in his Critical Commentary ‘Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease’ where he declares:
“It is evident almost from the beginning of No Longer at Ease that Obi is not of heroic nature and that his tragedy will not be a falling in full battle but rather it will result from an inability to face up to that battle. He never rises to greatness; he only sinks further and further from it, succumbing to what he has labelled the sin of the old African” (qtd. in Asong 167)
(SEE “UNDERSTANDING T.F.A.” p9 )
See the novel and globalization culture p140
See the ch ach encyclopedia p55 ( obi between 2 forces)

In No Longer at Ease, Obi Okonkwo is clearly unwilling to abdicate the colonial elite; his education has, in fact, disposed him to treat his fellow citizens with nearly the same contempt, as do the colonialists. (Shea
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