Nigerian Writers and the Quest for the Repositioning of the Nation

Lateef A.yinla ADENIRAN


This study identifies the application of the English Language as an element of the globalization process. It brings to light some eminent Nigerians who have used this medium as an instrument of shedding light on the nature of the Nigerian society. In the process, they have sought to prescribe the ideal of their dream. Through the exercise of their intellectual powers, they have proved to be not merely displaying their skills in the manipulation of the language, but rather as contributors to discourses on the socio-economic and political developments of Nigeria. Thus, this study sees through their writings, deep sociological, historical, political, philosophical and economic insights. It is by this means that they have succeeded in projecting Nigeria’s image on the global scene. By extension greater attention is drawn to Nigeria by the international community as exemplified by the acknowledgement of personalities like Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and Ben Okri, among others by the intellectual world. In essence, while Nigerian leaders seek to attract the interests of the international community for the development of the country through heavy expenditure on lobby groups and propaganda, some distinguished Nigerian writers have proved to the world that Nigeria has much to offer in terms of intellectual skills.

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