Analyzing The Processes Of Decolonization And Early Post Colony

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Analyzing the processes of decolonization and early post-colony in Africa is a complex task. Especially when looking through the perspective of different nations that each followed their own path. Chinua Achebe’s There was a Country and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Dreams in a Time of War, are both exceptional novels that grapple with the social and political struggles going on in their respective countries. They also help explore the complexities of nation building as well as political conflicts expression in communal form. On one hand, Thiong’o’s piece is a child’s recollection of his childhood with the lead up to the Mau Mau Emergency and colonialism in the backdrop. Achebe’s on the other hand takes place later in history and focuses on the political and social struggles that ultimately led to the Biafran war. Dreams in a Time of War takes a more abstract attempt at telling the story of colonialism and the conflicts of Kenya. One of the main comparisons the book makes is that of Thiong’o as a person to Africa itself. It looks at how his thirst and perseverance towards learning and self-reliance reflects Kenya 's, and Africa’s as a whole, eagerness to rid themselves from colonial rule. This idea comes from an important scene in the book where at the age of nine Thiong’o’s mother asked him if he wanted to go to school; he was so overwhelmed because he didn’t even think to hope of something like that. Despite his initial response, he also realized the hardship and sacrifice that
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